Zamboanga City ready for regional athletic meet

Bong Garcia

ALL is set for this city’s participation in the forthcoming Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) from December 10 to 17 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

Councilor Elbert Atilano, chairperson of the City Council’s committee on sports, said Zamboanga City is sending 864-man delegation consisting of athletes, coaches and officials.

Atilano said Zamboanga City has chartered 18 buses to ferry to local delegation to the ZPRAA venue.

“I will join the delegation. We will depart to Pagadian City on Saturday,” Atilano added.

He said there will be 40 sport events for men and women in the secondary level while 37 in the elementary level.

He said the Zamboanga delegation has high hopes to earn medals in Taekwondo, Pengkat Silat, Swimming, Athletics and in some team sports.

“We focused (in our preparation) on individual events with the hope to regaining the championship crown,” he added.

Zamboanga City landed 3rd place in elementary and second in the secondary level in the 2016 ZPRAA meet.

“We hope to improve that standing this year since we studied where we failed to excel last year,” Atilano said.