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Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Incorporated Region XI secretary-general Jerson Tamayo (third from left) receives the 2020 SKC Sports Leadership Award. With him are Duckpin Bowler Outstanding Athlete Arnel Crudo, SKC Federation Chairman So Peng Kee, Davao Sports Council President Dexter So, AAK Davao Chief Instructor and Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Incorporated Region XI director Rommel Tan, Dax Yambao of Volleyball and John Irene Del Campo of the So Kim Cheng Sports Foundation.


AFTER a promising list of awardees in the 26th So Kim Cheng Sports Awards, the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao eyes to discover more promising athletes in preparation for upcoming competitions once the pandemic is over.

AAK Davao chief instructor and Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Incorporated Region XI director Rommel Tan said, despite the pandemic, their young karatekas and their elder counterparts are still having their training at least twice or thrice a week.

“Trainings are still ongoing via Zoom. We are happy and lucky to use this technology in which we can still monitor our practices. This is the in-thing right now in this pandemic. Some sports events are using it like chess and e-sports but for us, it is a good medium for our training,” said Tan, adding that they started their online practices since March 2020.

“The webinars from Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation which started recently are really inspiring the young kids, seeing their so-called idols who are sometimes doing the online training themselves,” he added.

AAK Davao reaped most awards in the SKC’s 26th edition having local boys Robert Lawrence Avacena (Male Athlete of the Year), Stephen James Cartagena, Jamie Danielle Nirza, Aldren Solon, Robert Bryan Dayanan Jr., Vryzyse Edelweiss Krebs, Jet Lu and Jofrey Albarico (Coach of the Year). AAK Davao also bagged the Sports Leadership Award through Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Region XI secretary-general Jerson Tamayo.

AAK Davao’s Joefrey Albarico with the 2020 So Kim Cheng Coach of the Year Award.

AAK Davao’s grassroots development program saw Stephen James Cartagena and Aldren Solon already now part of the RP team Cadets division training pool.

“Both are still undergoing their regular training, via online through zoom. I still monitor them,” Tan said.

“Through our ongoing online training, AAK Davao is hopeful to find more local boys and girls here in Davao who will soon be part of the national training pool and will see action in future national and international competitions,” he added.
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