RE­TEN­TION

Re­gion 11 tar­gets to keep its third over­all rank­ing when it hosts the Na­tional Prisaa Games 2019

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - BY MAR­I­ANNE S. ABALAYAN/ Ed­i­tor / MLSA

Pri­vate Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (Prisaa) Re­gion 11 eyes to keep its third over­all rank­ing when it hosts the Na­tional Prisaa Games 2019 in Davao City on May 19 to 25.

Prisaa 11 ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Joaquin "Boy" Sara­bia, dur­ing the Davao Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (DSA) Fo­rum at The An­nex of SM City Davao yes­ter­day, said, it would be a tall or­der to tar­get the first two spots.

"Pwe­deng makuha ulit ang third over­all kasi nag No.3 na tayo sa Bo­hol. Mahi­rap ang one at two," Sara­bia said.

How­ever, he said, "Sig­uro one rank higher" but not more than that as pow­er­house teams Western Visayas and Cen­tral Visayas are forces to reckon with.

It can be re­called that Western Visayas was over­all cham­pion in the 2018 edi­tion of the Na­tional Prisaa Games in Tag­bi­la­ran City, har­vest­ing a to­tal of 219 gold medals, 110 sil­vers and 107 bronzes while Cen­tral Visayas placed sec­ond with 194 golds, 92 sil­vers and 73 bronzes.

Davao Prisaa (83 golds, 76 sil­vers, 106 bronzes) was at dis­tant third.

In past in­ter­views, Sara­bia said that Davao needed to fo­cus more on medal-rich sports like ath­let­ics, swim­ming, karatedo and taek­wondo, among oth­ers, just like Western Visayas and Cen­tral Visayas who usu­ally dom­i­nate in these events.

"Sa (train­ing) prepa­ra­tions, wala tay­ong prob­lema. We have the best venues sa Davao City. Mas kumpleto tayo sa of­fi­ci­at­ing of­fi­cials. Stan­dard din ha­los fa­cil­i­ties natin, for bas­ket­ball we will be us­ing a wooden court," he said, adding that swim­ming and beach vol­ley­ball will be held in Tagum City in­stead.

A to­tal of 22 events are en­tered in all Prisaa city, re­gional and na­tional meets that fea­ture sec­ondary and col­le­giate di­vi­sions.

MAR­I­ANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN

NUM­BER 3. Pri­vate Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (Prisaa) 11 ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Joaquin "Boy" Sara­bia, left, dur­ing the Davao Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (DSA) Fo­rum at The An­nex of SM City Davao yes­ter­day, says they will only aim to keep the third over­all rank in the Na­tional Prisaa Games 2019.

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