CALBAYOG CITY -- Department of Education (DepEd)-Leyte Division officials believe that they will once again bring home the beacon in this year's Eastern Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Evraa) here.
For four years now, the Leyte delegation has always been declared as the overall champion of Evraa.
Rogelia Urbino, of the Leyte DepEd Division, said athletes from their division are prepared for the competition.
Around 500 athletes from various elementary and secondary schools in the province of Leyte compete for the Evraa, to include around 100 coaches, officiating members and DepEd officials from their division and staff.
Urbino, who is also the regional physical education supervisor, said that among the expected athletes to produce medals for the Leyte delegation are the scholars of the Leyte Sports Academy, a priority program of the Provincial Government of Leyte through Governor Jericho Petilla that helps enhance the ability of every student athletes in their respective field of sports.
"We are thankful for the support that the governor had provided to all our athletes from the start of our training until this very day of competition," she said.
She added trainings provided to the athletes in the academy ensure an exemplary performance for an athlete, thus they are hoping to top once again this year's regional sporting event.
Among the sports they are expecting to win gold medals are boxing, taekwondo, athletics, baseball, softball, swimming, chess, table tennis, sipa, sepak takraw and tennis.
Meanwhile, Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy said he is not hoping for their athletes to top the medal standings in the competition.
The City Government of Calbayog had allocated P5.9 million for the staging of this year's Evraa competition, while Samar first district Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento provided P500,000 as support to the City Government.
"We are hosting the competition right now and we are not expecting to be on top of the medal standing but what we can only assures is we will provide a good fight in every field of sports were our athletes are to compete," Uy said.
Source; Leyte Samar Daily Express, Sun Star Tacloban
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