Glitches and glory at Palaro in Antique

Rain disrupts games

When it rains, it pours at Palaro. While the temperature drop on Tuesday provided relief for athletes in outdoor sports events, some games had to be halted because of the rain. 

The football game that was scheduled to be held at the University of Antique football field was canceled after the venue was flooded.

"The University of Antique field got flooded and was declared unplayable by the tournament manager," Antique provincial local officer Arthur Lastimoso said during the same press conference.

The schedule of football games at both Binirayan Complex and Anthony’s College will be adjusted, Lastimoso added.  

While the local weather forecast suggested it would be sunny in Antique on Wednesday, April 26, the province is expected to experience light to moderate rain on Thursday and Friday.

“We’ve been doing this for years. We can make adjustments,” Umali said, assuring athletes the situation is still manageable. 

There are still a lot of things that need to be fixed, but the games will proceed, Lastimosa said.

PROTEST. Region X football team sit in the Binirayan Sports Complex on Monday night, April 24 to protest NCR's no-show. Photo by JP Punzalan/Rappler

PROTEST. Region X football team sit in the Binirayan Sports Complex on Monday night, April 24 to protest NCR's no-show.

Photo by JP Punzalan/Rappler

‘No protest to date’

DepED also addressed the disagreement between the secondary football teams of Northern Mindanao and the National Capital Region over the postponement of their game on Monday night, April 24.

“There’s no official protest filed,” Umali clarified. “Ang nangyari lang may di sumang-ayon sa nangyari, no official protest was filed (What happened was, someone disagreed with what happened but no official protest was filed),” he added.

On Monday night, the NCR team backed out from the game due to poor lighting at the Binirayan Stadium. Because of this, their opponent, the Northern Mindanao team, insisted they should be declared winner by default.

"Let us set the records straight. The NCR boys were on the field as early as 5 pm, and in fact did their warm-up routine. When the lights were turned on for their 6 pm match, the tournament manager noticed the poor lighting in the football field, and thus called for a meeting. After getting the consensus of the coaches...they all agreed to cancel their games to protect the boys from unwanted injuries," lawyer Boni Tacardon said in a comment to Rappler's story.

It was decided that the game between Northern Mindanao and NCR would be postponed to Wednesday, April 26. – Rappler.com