CEBU CITY, Philippines — The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers are ready to dive into action in the long-awaited return of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (Cesafi) after two years of inactivity due to of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cesafi’s next season is set to kick off on April 23, 2022 with various sports to be contested in the following weeks.
According to UV sporting director Chris Mejarito, the Green Lancers are eager to get into action as they will be taking part in 10 sporting events at Cesafi.
The Green Lancers will compete in 3-point basketball shootout, karate-do, scrabble, chess, esports (Mobile Legends), taekwondo, beach volleyball, table tennis, tennis on the grass and badminton. They will also join the Miss Cesafi.
“We have already submitted our project management framework to our university administrator, (we are) all ready for our participation in Cesafi despite the limited preparation time of our athletes due to the pandemic,” Mejarito said.
“During the lockdown, we have asked our coaches and athletes to train at their respective places and homes, but for the past few weeks we have been able to train face-to-face, such as our karate-do and taekwondo at Cebu City. Sports Center (CCSC).
Mejarito also mentioned that the Green Lancers basketball gymnasium in downtown Cebu City will not be available until next week due to the ongoing repair of the damage it suffered from Typhoon Odette.
“We are doing our best to allow our student athletes to participate in Cesafi, our management and administrator have remained very supportive of our athletes for Cesafi despite the challenges we have been through due to the pandemic,” Mejarito added.
Mejarito thanked the athletes and coaches at UV, who have been very resourceful in finding ways to stay in shape during the lockdown.
He said they were training regularly at home through various virtual platforms just to make sure they would be ready for the return of Cesafi and other sporting competitions.
“It’s very difficult because we don’t see our athletes unlike before when they had to go to school to train. But we are flexible enough to find ways to train,” he said.
“The other challenge is the budget. The parents of our athletes do not have enough financial support for their children apart from the school fees they have to pay,” Mejarito said.
He also pointed out that one of the driving forces behind the Green Lancers joining Cesafi amid the Covid-19 pandemic was their passion for the sport.
UV is widely known at Cesafi as one of its basketball powerhouses. They are also one of the most dominant teams in scrabble, lawn tennis and beach volleyball, making them one of the schools to be reckoned with when Cesafi returns.
“What’s happening now is our passion for sports and the eagerness of athletes to play and be in the sports arena after a long period of inactivity,” Mejarito said.
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