CANCELLATION OF CYCLING PROTESTED
LINGAYEN–Team Pangasinan finished sixth place in the Batang Pinoy National Championship held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan from August 25 to 31, one rank lower than its fifth-place finish in the overall standing last year held in Baguio City, accounting for 26 gold, 26 silver and, 30 bronze medals.
But Modesto Operaña, executive officer of the Provincial Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC), who accompanied the province’s 202-man delegation, said Team Pangasinan could have earned a higher berth had the road race in the cycling event not suddenly canceled.
In last year’s edition of the Batang Pinoy National Championship for players 15 years old and below, Pangasinan bagged 24 gold, 24 silver and 25 bronze medals.
Operaña said the Pangasinan Team is writing a letter inquiring from the PSC why the cycling committee abruptly canceled the road race though the weather was good and that Palawan was not affected by Typhoon “Jenny”.
Operaña said Pangasinan was short by just one gold medal to overtake fifth placer Quezon City and could have earned all four gold medals at stake had not the cycling’s road race not abruptly canceled by the Batang Pinoy cycling committee.
He said in oval racing, Team Pangasinan already collected 10 gold medals and could have collected all the four medals at stake because it was the heavy favorite to win the road race, said Operaña during the Talakayan sa Kapitolyo on September 3 at the Urduja House.
According to Operaña, Pangasinan would have made it up to third place had it collected all four gold medals in the canceled road racing event.
“Ang mga bata ay nalungkot dahil biglang inalis yong road race. They have prepared long and hard for this event,” Operaña lamented, adding that the cancellation happened when all the names of the participants were submitted and accepted by the committee.
He said the boys were about to go to the starting line when it was announced that the road race will no longer be held.
He said Governor Amado Espino III extended his full support to the Pangasinan cycling team by giving the cyclists 50 new racer bike wheels to replace their old wheels in order to be assured of the championship.
Pangasinan athletes saw action in at least 18 events that was participated in by 204 Local Government Units throughout the country.
In contrast, Dagupan City plummeted from its 21st finish in the 2018 event to 45th place this year or 24 rungs lower, accounting for four gold, four silver and nine bronze medals. (Leonardo Micua)
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