PH-Davao swimmers win 3 golds in BIMPNT-EAGA Games
BRUNEI — Three young swimmers from Davao struck gold at the start of swimming competitions in the Brunei-IndonesiaMalaysia- PhilippinesNorthern Territory-East Asian Games at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex here.
Joshua Raphael del Rio (200-meter freestyle), Fritz Jun Rodriguez (50meter breaststroke) and Elson Jake Rodriguez (50meter backstroke) triumphed as the Philippines represented by focus areas Davao and Palawan started its campaign on a sizzling note.
The five-day event formally opened in a blaze of colors at the Indoor Stadium with retired Major General and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin as guest of honor.
Philippine Sport s Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Maxey, also chef de mission, joined the VIPs in the short but meaningful ceremonies.
Earlier, Maxey formally accepted the hosting rights of the 11th edition of the BIMPNT- EAGA Friendship Games during the sports council meeting. Davao City wil host the next edition of the Games which also aims to strengthen economic ties between the participating countries.
B I M P N T- E AG A Sports Council chairman Jufri Rahman expressed delight on Davao City’s hosting.