Zamboanga athletes bag medals in 2 int’l competitions

Bong Garcia

ZAMBOANGUEÑO athletes brought pride and honor to Zamboanga City and the country anew, as they reaped medals in two international competitions recently.

Dr. Cecilia Atilano, city sports development officer, said Heiddychloe Miguel Angeles harvested a gold medal in the Dutch Karatedo Tournament Friendship Game 2016 held on Saturday, December 10, in Holland.

Beverly Mahusay and April Joy Alarcon won third place in the women’s doubles in the International Pencak Silat Festival held from December 2 to 8 in Bali, Indonesia.

Another Zamboangueno, Abdul Naseef Ismael, with a team mate from General Santos City, likewise won third place in the Men’s doubles of Pencak Silat.

Pencak Silat is a kind of martial arts originating from Indonesia.

Atilano said the Zamboangueño athletes are expected to return home anytime and will be formally recognized by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar as a show of gratitude for their efforts.

Just recently, Zamboanga City athletes bagged medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Tokyo, Japan courtesy of three young women lifters.