Get ready for 2018

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES are aplenty for Davao City in 2018.

Aside from the usual Araw ng Dabaw Festival and Ka­dayawan Festival that bring in thou­sands of tourists in March and Au­gust, re­spec­tively, the year 2018 will also po­si­tion the city as the pre­mier sports tourism des­ti­na­tion in this part of the re­gion.

The 1,500 slots avail­able for the Alveo Iron­man 70.3 Davao slated March 25 next year was re­cently sold out barely four days when reg­is­tra­tion opened.

Though a good num­ber of en­tries are from Min­danao or other parts of the coun­try, triath­letes from the United Arab Emi­rates, Aus­tralia, Brazil, Canada, Switzer­land, China, Ger­many, Spain, France, United King­dom of Great Bri­tain, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Italy Ja­pan, Monaco, Mex­ico, Qatar, Sin­ga­pore, Tai­wan, United States of Amer­ica and Viet­nam will also vie for hon­ors in the race.

The pres­ence of for­eign par­tic­i­pants, thus, will show to the world Davao City’s po­ten­tials in sports tourism, its strength in gov­er­nance and peace and or­der, rich and di­verse cul­ture and solid busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

But be­fore the Iron­man event, the city will test its met­tle when it plays host to the 2018 Davao Re­gion Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (Davraa) Meet that will bring to­gether some 6,000 del­e­gates of ath­letes, coaches and of­fi­cials. Then, if each el­e­men­tary or sec­ondary ath­lete brings a guardian, a par­ent or more fam­ily mem­bers as sup­port group, that would be hun­dreds or a thou­sand more set­ting foot here.

Wow! With more peo­ple and more ve­hi­cles, ex­pect traf­fic to be worse than it is now. The city gov­ern­ment of Davao has to re­ally map out a very good traf­fic man­age­ment plan be­cause the way things are going now with the usual num­ber of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles in the city, the pub­lic have been com­plain­ing. What would be­come of us come 2018?

A suc­cess­ful stag­ing of these two huge sport­ing events next year will be a good step for the city’s am­bi­tious bid to host the 2019 Palarong Pam­bansa that will have 10,000 to 12,000 del­e­gates from 18 par­tic­i­pat­ing re­gions.

The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees for the Iron­man and Davraa Meet 2018 have started pre­par­ing this early. We hope that all stake­hold­ers will give the city gov­ern­ment of Davao the sup­port it needs in host­ing these two events.

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