DAVAO CITY, (PIA)- A total of 5,000 athletes from all parts of the country will converge here from May 18 to 24 for the holding of the 2019 National Games under the Private Schools Athletic Association Sports Foundation Incorporated.
Laureano Santos, Secretary General of the PRISAA said this year’s theme will be “Sustaining Filipino Athletes for Global Competitiveness.”
Speaking in the I-Speak Forum, he said that the PRISAA 2019 will open formally on Sunday, May 19 with the mass, assembly and parade of athletes and delegations’ officials from the UM-Matina Campus Chapel Grounds to the Track and Field Oval.
“Athletes from private schools secondary and tertiary will compete in athletics, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, football, sepak takraw, softball, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, karatedo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, billards, and academic and cultural presentations like oratorical contest, PRISAAyawan, PRISAAwitan, solo and duet singing contests and Mutya Beauty Pageant,” he said.
Santos said the playing venues will be at the UM Matina Campus, Davao del Norte and Sports Tourism Complex in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Abreeza Mall and Almendras Gym.
The PRISAA has produced medalist in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and other international competitions like Hidelyn Diaz who hails from Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City.
Angel Sumagaysay, deputy chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center assured the readiness of the city to provide ample security to the athletes in their billeting and gaming venues.
“We can handle the athletes’ safety and security since the number of delegations is more manageable than the Palarong Pambansa,” he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
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