The city government of Kidapawan is set to send 657 student athletes, coaches, and officials in the upcoming Soccsksargen Regional Meet next month to be held in General Santos City.
Mayor Joseph Evangelista assured the delegation that the local government would fully support them during the competition on February 18 to 21 despite its limited resources due to the series of earthquakes last October in the city.
He said participating in the sporting event is one way to address the stress debriefing of the youth athletes, as well as a clear message that the city is moving forward from the effects of the earthquakes.
The athletes are training under the One City One Team One Goal Sports Development Program.
The city delegation aims to duplicate its Fourth Over-All Place finish in 2019.
Kidapawan City athletes won 39 gold, 32 silver and 46 bronze medals during the previous Soccsksargen meet in Kiamba, Sarangani Province.
Among the medal events that will be contested are: archery, arnis, athletics, BBadminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table and lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, wushu and dance sports.
Winning athletes will represent the Soccsksargen Team for the 2020 Palarong Pambansa in Marikina City on May 1-10.