Published in Sun Star Newspaper on Jan. 12, 2012 Thursday issue
by Iste Sesante Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
TWO Cebuano Southeast Asian Games medalists are being pushed to be among the Outstanding Cebuano awardees in the field of sports in the Cebu City charter day celebration awards on Feb. 24.
This was disclosed by Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla, who also passed a resolution awarding incentives to Cebuano athletes who excelled in their field of expertise.
The proposed awardees are John Yncierto Mier of Camputhaw and Niño Surban of Talamban.
“As of now, the Council has come up with a P10,000 cash incentive for a gold medal and P5,000 for a bronze medal. But we are still deliberating on increasing the amount,” Arcilla told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.
The 19-year-old Mier, whose father is also a former national cycling team member, captured the gold medal in the men’s 30-kilometer race of the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta last November. He also secured a bronze medal in the individual and team pursuits.
While 25-year-old Surban, who had to overcome a few odds just to join the SEA Games, settled for a bronze medal in the Olympic Cross-Country.
“They deserve to be recognized for what they have achieved as they have made the country and even the city proud,” Arcilla said.
He added that the decision will be finalized during their session and he has requested Mier and Surban to appear.
Before the charter day awarding, Mier will also get a chance to win more honors for Cebu as he is set to compete in the Asian Junior Cycling Championships on Feb. 8-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He will be joined by junior cyclist Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo, while Surban is also scheduled to defend his dominance in the International Mountainbike Challenge in Brunei in March.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 12, 2012.