Ar­nis event still a go

Sun.Star Baguio - - Prime Sports -

De­spite the con­fu­sion brought about by the fi­asco be­tween Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee and Ar­nis Philip­pines Inc. (ARPI), the sched­uled Na­tional Ar­nis En­counter 2018 is set to go as sched­uled.

Ac­cord­ing to ARPI Pres­i­dent Ray­mond Ve­layo “we can­not af­ford to let the chaotic cir­cum­stance that they iron­i­cally ex­ploded close the sched­uled Na­tional Ar­nis En­counter get into the way of the con­duct of the event. We will be do­ing what is nec­es­sary and what is right we have done noth­ing wrong and we are the le­git­i­mate NSA for ar­nis and we claim all the right therein, for now we fo­cus first on this Na­tional Ar­nis En­counter”.

The event sched­uled De­cem­ber 4-7, 2018 is un­der­way as the au­thor is writ­ing this ar­ti­cle ush­er­ing teams com­ing from the prov­inces and other places who came to be part of the event.

Al­though the event was sched­uled De­cem­ber 47, ac­tiv­i­ties like the re­fresh­ers for the tech­ni­cal of­fi­cials got un­der­way on De­cem­ber 3, fol­lowed by reg­is­tra­tion, weigh-in and the de­mon­stra­tion of masters and grand masters on the 4th of De­cem­ber at the Naneth Daza, Bas­ket­ball Court in Que­zon City, while on the 5th up to the 7th, the “anyo” or forms and the “la­banan” or full con­tact spar­ring will be played in the Mu­sic Hall of the SM Mall of Asia.

“We will not back down and will do any­thing to bring out the truth. This event will show them that ARPI as an NSA is on top of things and is not a push off to peo­ple or groups who are try­ing to con­fuse, mis­rep­re­sent and or de­mor­al­ize what we have worked for in the past 30 years, yes for the past 30 years! They ask what we have done in the past 30 years? This I can say we have made the art where it is to­day and they have been their try­ing to de­stroy that, they say it could have been bet­ter? Of course it could have been bet­ter! Maybe we could have been an Olympic sport al­ready, if only the same peo­ple who are al­ways the an­tag­o­nist of the sport, the art and ARPI as the NSA worked to­wards one goal and not for 30 years worked and try to bring down the as­so­ci­a­tion for per­sonal self­ish rea­sons, we up­hold the high­est Olympic stan­dard and we are ca­pa­ble of bring­ing the Philip­pine Na­tional Sports and Mar­tial Arts of Ar­nis to a higher level but we will not cheat our way to it, we owe this to the next gen­er­a­tions and for that we shall stand our ground,” Ve­layo fur­ther stated.

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