Dgte eyed as new home for UNIGAMES

Visibly pleased with the full support extended by the Dumaguete City government in this year’s edition of the Philippine University Games or UNIGAMES, the member schools are increasingly considering the city to be its new home.

UNIGAMES was founded 21 years ago in Bacolod City to serve as an avenue for provincial schools to compete with Metro Manila-based teams, President Roger Banzuela said.

Dumaguete City has partnered with the provincial government of Negros Oriental in hosting the annual 8- day sports event, which attracted nearly 2, 000 athletes and sports officials.

Even a private bus company honored the request of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to lend 2 of their units to ferry the athletes to the venues for free.

The local Red Cross Chapter and various volunteers also contributed to make sure that the stay and conduct of the games will be safe and highly successful.

Mayor Remollo said that hosting UNIGAMES could help shape the city as the next sports tourism destination of choice in the region.

Meanwhile, Banzuela has indicated his opposition to the continued stay of incumbent Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose Cojuangco, who has been at the helm for 12 years.

“It is time for new and young leadership to steer Philippine sports to a new direction, Cojuangco is already 82 years-old,” said Banzuela.

The preference of Banzuela is reflected in banners displayed at UNIGAMES venues, which is attracting wide support from members schools.

Just recently, boxing association President Ricky Vargas has announced his candidacy for POC President against Cojuangco. He also bared his complete line up that will implement his core programs if he win the POC elections on November 25.

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