Bohol is going primetime as the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) chose the province to be the host of the 2018 games.
The news was bared by Fr. Vic Uy of Holy Name University and a ranking official of national PRISAA during Thursday’s press conference.
Uy said the PRISAA chose Bohol since the province has not yet hosted a huge multi-sport event for a long time.
Last July 25, Gov. Edgar Chatto met with heads of private colleges and universities to discuss the plans in relation to the hosting of the province of the conclave next year.
The PRISAA board will meet in Bohol next week to iron out the hosting of the province.
About 16 venues have been already identified by the technical committee of the PRISAA, which will serve as playing venues for various sporting events.
The centerpiece athletics will be held at the CPG Sports Complex oval, said Uy.
During last Friday’s media forum, the governor assured the venues will be ready to host various multi-sport events.
He said the engineers and planners have started to look at the venues. The venues will be used not only for the PRISAA games as the province will be hosting the regional meet, CVIRAA, in the first quarter of 2018.
The billeting arrangements have been ironed out, said Uy.
Vice Gov. Dionesio Balite said the hosting of the province of a huge sporting event is an eye opener for the provincial government in terms of building sporting infrastucture.
Despite the image of the province as a powerhouse tourism destination, it hasn’t really harnessed the idea of sports tourism.
Balite said the governor has huge dreams in terms of sporting infrastucture.
He also hinted if the province will not be moving to construct a stadium, there is a possibility the city of Tagbilaran might.
The last time Bohol hosted the national PRISAA was way back in 1970 when there were only three tertiary schools here and only one hotel operating in the city, said Balite.