Bohol is now in the midst of the preparation for two major sporting events.
The two events will help boost Bohol’s stock as a premier sporting destination and a major venue for multi-sporting events not only in the region but also in the nation.
Last week, Gov. Edgar Chatto presided over the provincial school board meeting with some discussions on the upcoming hosting of the province of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) and the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA).
The governor is also pushing for the inclusion of the business sector, tourism sector and other sectors to join in the preparations for the twin major sporting events to be held in the province.
Chatto wants the business and tourism sectors to come up with tour packages or promotions to lure more tourists and to make the events more festive, reflecting the fiesta spirit of the province.
All of the province’s sporting venues, including the grandstand, are being refurbished for next month’s CVRAA meet.
The same venues, with some additions, will also be used for the national PRISAA meet by April this year.
At least 16 venues are being eyed for the PRISAA meet for this year.
At least 7,000 athletes are expected to come for the PRISAA meet from 17 regions of the country slated on April 22-27, 2017.
The national meet will be the biggest sporting event Bohol will be hosting in 48 years.
The last time Bohol hosted the PRISAA was back in 1970 when there were only three tertiary schools in Bohol.
Security is also a major concern, as the organizers have been assured Bohol will pull all the stops to maintain peace and to secure the delegates.
With the national PRISAA, Bohol is now going prime time as host of large sporting events.
Last year, Fr. Vicente Uy of Holy Name University bared the hosting of 2018 PRISAA meet was awarded to Bohol.
Most of the leaders of the member schools of the PRISAA wanted to go to Bohol since they haven’t been to the province before.
At the core of the preparation is the Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Sports Complex oval, which where most of the athletics competitions will be held.
Back on July 25, 2017, Chatto met with heads of private colleges and universities to iron out the plans for the hosting of the national PRISAA.
Engineers and planners have been working to rehabilitate the venues, said Chatto.
The hosting will attract not just elite athletes, but also national attention. National sports journalists will be trooping to Bohol to cover the games.
As such, Bohol will be placed in a spotlight and be scrutinized for its ability to host a major national sporting event.
THE BALITE CHALLENGE
At the onset, Vice Gov. Dionesio Balite, before he was ordered suspended, said the hosting would serve as an eyeopener for the province regarding building quality sporting infrastructure.
The province, despite being a tourism destination, has yet to emphasize on sports tourism vertical.
Balite knew the governor has big dreams for Bohol regarding building quality sporting infrastructure to lure more sporting events here.
If the province is not keen on building a sporting venue, Balite said, the city might.
The Astrodome dreams came about when there have been questions about playing venues in the light of the fight of Mark Magsayo against his Japanese foe back in November.
The city has other priorities, and could not put many resources, for now on building a major sporting venue—like an Astrodome.
While the dreams of having a major playing venue may have been shoved to the backburner, the idea remains alive as it can play a major role in luring people to come to Bohol for sports and leisure.