By Myrah G. Acuzar
Davao Today intern
DAVAO CITY — Davao City is set for its month long Summer Sports Festival 2014 this May
Some 80,000 people are expected to join this event, according to City Tourism office Lisette Marquez.
The festival opening will be held at People’s Park on May 1, 4 pm be led by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The Sports Festival is a program of the Duterte Game Plan (DGP) or the Comprehensive Sports Program to promote healthy, proactive communities through sports and recreation.
Major sports events include the longest running western style horse sport in the country, the 15th Davao Horse Show and Competition on May 1 to 3.
The first Davao City Dragon Boat Festival will also take place at the Baywalk Ecoland to Queensland this May 1 to 4 with local, national and international contingents expected to join this event.
Community sports will also be held such as the invitational basketball, volleyball, rugby football, futsal and chess games.
The City Sports Development Division chair Butch Ramirez said this event is part of its grassroots program to develop out-of-school youth through sports.
“If you have a genuine grassroots sports program, you can inspire a community even in this fair,” Ramirez quoted a statement from the late statesman Nelson Mandela, who was a sports patron who stressed the importance of community. (davaotoday.com)