DAVAO CITY -- After the hosting of Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) regional meet in January and Palarong Pambansa in April, another major sports competition is being held in Davao City.
The 63rd year of Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games has kicked off in University of Mindanao - Davao City on Sunday afternoon, with a theme of "Sustaining Filipino Athlete for Global Competitiveness."
PRISAA is the athletic meet for college students, in which the outstanding athletes will compose the Philippine delegation who will participate the World University Games this year, Butch Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), said.
Over 7,000 athletes and coaches from 16 regions in the country, without the National Capital Region, will compete in 19 team and individual sports, as well as 5 academic and cultural competitions.
"PRISAA is very important in the sports development in the country kasi from the grassroots sports to the Palarong Pambansa to the tertiary, which is PRISAA. This is where we discover talent to become national athletes or if not some of them will become scholars of universities and colleges to earn education. It's very important," Ramirez said.
Aside from the private schools, this year's PRISAA is also organized by the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and the PSC.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, through her representative, Sangguniang Kabataan Davao Federation president Jaffar Marohomsalic, underscored the essence of sports in students.
"Beyond the recognition, one must also understand how sports is primarily designed to broaden your horizons in personal development -- the exposure in inter-school engagements, the honor to represent your school, the possibility of receiving scholarships, the chance to develop a career in professional sports," she said.
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