Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fair Play: Busiest week in Cebu sports history

(This is my Fair Play column for Sun.Star Cebu's July 31 edition)
THIS weekend is truly for the sports fan.

Aside from the Ironman 70.3 event, which will attract world-class athletes and showbiz personalities--if that’s your thing--two other major events are kicking off this weekend.

There’s the basketball season of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc., which will open on Aug. 2, the same day the Ironkids event will kick off, and then there’s the Visayas leg of the Milo Little Olympics, which opens on Aug. 1.


Whew.

There has been no week like this ever.

Two events, sometimes, kick off simultaneous, while on busy days, it’s normal for two or three minor events to happen at the same time.

But three major events in one day?

Now that’s something.

Will it split the fans?

No, I think not. Each has its own following. The Milo Little Olympics will always have its crowd composed of friends of athletes and their parents, while Cesafi basketball, especially when UV or SWU are playing, will always attract its loyal following.

As for the Ironman, which is on its third staging this year, it’s going to get a huge turnout--because it’s a rare event and it’s free. All you have to do is get to the streets where the bikers or runners would pass and cheer them on as they pass by. Of course, if you’re crazy enough to cheer them while they swim, that’s another story.

But one thing those who plan to watch any of the three events--or are participants of Milo and Cesafi--should watch out for is the road closures during Sunday’s Ironman event.

You don’t want to be late, or worse, lose by forfeit, just because you failed to show up in time for your game.

It has happened before, during the annual procession held before the Sinulodg grand parade when teams who overlooked that failed to show up for their matches.

So, plan ahead. Milo, Cesafi or the Ironman, take your pick of your favorite event this weekend.

And if you get to watch all three, then you ARE the ultimate sports fan.

(mikelimpag@gmail.com)

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