BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/02 March)— Athletes from Caraga region ranked fourth in the recently concluded State Colleges and Universities Athletics Association (SCUAA) National Olympics 2013 held at the Jose Rizal Memorial State College Sports Complex in Dapitan City.
The Cagara region delegation garnered 60 medals, including 22 gold medals mostly in the swimming competition, during the event held from February 17 to 24.
Around 8,000 delegates around the country competed in the different sporting events.
Julius Ceasar Jamero, chief administrator of the Commission on Higher Education for Caraga, said their athletes performed beyond the expectation.
“This is way better than the previous years. This is the first time in history of the region that we ranked 4th in SCUAA. This is an indication that the quality of training for our athletes was better,” said Jamero.
He noted that Caraga athletes also won 19 silver and 19 bronze medals in the sports of table tennis, arnis, taekwondo, athletics, swimming and boxing.
“We are hope that we could replicate or maintain this in the coming years,” Jamero said.
Jamero said that next year, they need bigger funds because the athletic event will be held in Dagupan City in Region 1.
The National Capital Region conquered the sporting event, followed by Regions 4 and 6, and Caraga region.
There were 17 delegations that joined the competition. (Erwin Mascarinas/MindaNews)