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City preps homecoming rites for SEA games medalists

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The City Government is preparing a special homecoming ceremony for Zamboangueño athletes who reaped medals in the recently concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

At the same time, the city is readying the incentives for the athletes that the local government is mandated to grant to medalists. A gold medal in the Asian Games is equivalent to P150,000, silver medal is P100,000 while a bronze medal is equivalent to P75,000.

Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde, in his message during the regular City Hall press briefing Wednesday, expressed honor and pride for the splendid performance of the 5 Zamboangueño athletes who bagged 3 gold medals and 2 bronze medals. “The city is now preparing a special homecoming ceremony for them as well as their well-deserved incentives as mandated in the ordinance”, he said.

The medalists are homegrown boxing talent Eumir Felix Marcial who capped the gold medal in the middleweight class (75kg) category; Chezka Centeno who topped the women’s 9-pool single and Mike Tolomia of the Gilas Pilipinas team that prevailed over Indonesia in the basketball finals event and Jefferson Rhey Loon and Ryan Jakiri who claimed a bronze medal each in the pencak silat and muaythai events, respectively.

City Sports Director Dr. Cecil Atilano also acknowledged the efforts of other Zamboangueno athletes who formed part of the Philippine delegation to the Kuala Lumpur Games that included Sharif Atif who finished fifth in the Karatedo, Nestor Colonia who also landed fifth in the men’s weightlifting event and Jay Harold Gregorio who participated in the Muaythai event and Muhayna Asmad who was part of the pencat silak team.

Atilano said Ordinance 267 mandates the City Government to grant financial incentives to athletes, coaches and players for medals reaped in national and international competitions.

The homecoming ceremony, tentatively set on Monday, September 4 is subject to the availability of the athletes, who are currently in Manila after their return from Malaysia. Most if not all of the athletes are based in Manila where they undergo intensive trainings. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)




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