LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, March 4 (PIA) — Some 8,000 participants from the various schools in the region gathered as one in the opening ceremony of the Region I Athletic Association (RIAA) Meet on February 24 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.
This year’s RIAA, which is slated on February 24 to March 2, is hosted by the Department of Education Division I of Pangasinan, in cooperation with the provincial government of Pangasinan.
The province’s hosting of the biggest sporting event among public and private elementary and secondary schools in Region I upholds Pangasinan’s reputation as a sporting hub in the country.
Department of Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali told the athletes to play their games well in order to achieve success as he reminded all athletes to put in mind the importance of discipline like team focus.
Gov. Amado Espino, Jr. on the other hand, stressed the importance of sportsmanship and discipline as he welcomed the young athletes and other visitors to the province.
The governor also urged the athletes, especially those from Pangasinan, to give their best shot.
“Isa sa atin dito sa Pangasinan o sa Region I ang magdala pa ng mas mataas na karangalan at makakuha ng mga medalya sa mas mataas na lebel ng kompetisyon,” Espino said.
The regional delegation is comprised of athletes from the elementary and secondary schools including their coaches, trainers, technical officials and chaperones coming from the 14 school divisions in Region I.
The athletes will see action in various sporting events such as athletics, gymnastics, basketball, sepak takraw, baseball, softball, badminton, table tennis, archery, swimming, boxing, arnis, and chess.
For the RIAA, the provincial government guaranteed the successful conduct of the athletic competition by making sure that the venue and sports facilities are well taken cared of. Health personnel were fielded to secure the safety of the athletes in cases of accidents or other related problems.
Security officers were also assigned at the billeting areas as well as in the playing venues to ensure the safety of the athletes and participants. (JCR-AMM/PIA1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO)#