AS expected, world’s top ranked Chinese Taipei and Singapore ruled the just-concluded 2017 Philippine Open Tchoukball Invitational held from April 5-7 at the City Sports Club in Ayala Business Park, Cebu City.
World’s No.1 and high flying Chinese Taipei swept the tournament with unblemished record including their dominating performance over world’s No.2 Singapore during the men’s division finals. The incredible performances displayed by both teams wowed the crowd – who saw the world class tchoukball action.
Bacolod Ilahas, on the other hand, settled for 2nd runner-up on a closely fought game against Manila Crickets in the ‘battle for third.’
Meanwhile, Singapore also outpowered Bacolod Ilahas in the women’s division to take home the crown while Cebu Butanding finished 2nd runner-up.
For Tchoukball Association of the Philippines (TAP) president Raymond Jamelo, the conclusion of this tournament has have been physically, emotionally and mentally challenging to all to everyone. “Whether you came out as the winning team or the last, the best player or the seemingly insignificant, if you have played the game with all your heart – you are a champion,” he said.
“We came here to play but we will leave this place wiser because of our learning during those games. We will go home richer because of the new friends we made and most importantly, we will leave this place better – a better player, a better team, a better coach, a better referee, a better parent, a better human being.”
Jamelo also stressed that tchoukball has unified everyone in the organization. “May we live by the principles of tchoukball. May we use the sport not only to become better athletes, not only to win trophies but most importantly, we must use tchoukball to bring positive change to the world,” he added.
Meanwhile, TAP will discuss on its preparation for this year’s World University Tchoukball Championship in Malaysia on July; World Beach Tchoukball Championship in Taiwan and World Youth Beach Tchoukball Championship in Bali, Indonesia – both on August, and the Southeast Asian Championship in Thailand on October.
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Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, who was one of the guests in yesterday’s opening ceremony, described the fact that foreign teams – like Malaysia, Singapore and Chinese Taipei coming over for the event is something that will boost their tourism industry and sports program.
“As I’ve said, this sport is designed for Asian countries like us. I believe that we can excel and further promote it this in the grassroots level,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ed Jayco, Cebu City Sports Commission Chairman, said that they are taking it seriously on bringing tchoukball in the grassroots – particularly in the barangays. “Since this is an inexpensive sport, we can also use this as a tool for social transformation and making the kids believe in themselves,” he added.*