Launch of the summer sports program

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ZAMBOANGA. The 25th Learn to Play Sport program will take place on Friday, July 1 at Mayor Vitaliano Agan Coliseum. Mayor John Dalipe pledged his full support for the program to not only continue to produce quality athletes, but also to prevent substance abuse issues among young people. (SunStar Zamboanga)

ZAMBOANGA Town Mayor John Dalipe has pledged his full support to the town’s sports development program to not only continue to produce quality athletes but also to prevent substance abuse problems among young people.

Dalipe made the assurance during his keynote address Friday, July 1, at the launch ceremony for the 25th Learn to Play Sport program at Mayor Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Tetuan Village, Zamboanga City.

Dalipe praised the conduct of the Basic Sports Camp, pointing out that most, if not all of the athletes who have won medals in national and international sports competitions are products of the Learn to Play Sport program.

He noted that the city was producing world-class athletes, putting Zamboanga City’s name on the sporting map.

One of them is Eumir Marcial, who won a bronze medal in the boxing middleweight division at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Participants in the month-long sports program will also be limited to 1,400 enthusiasts between the ages of eight and 15, maintaining classes at a 1:10 ratio under the supervision of the Municipal Sports and Development Office and 140 coaches.

However, only children vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) will be allowed to join the sports camp.

Sports disciplines this year include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, gymnastics, karatedo, pencak silat, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting and wushu, among others.

The summer sports program has been temporarily suspended for two years since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (SunStar Zamboanga)

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