TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet is an annual athletic meet of elementary and secondary athletes from around the region.
It consists of sports events which include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, and volleyball.
In 2015, four new games were introduced for secondary level: wrestling, wushu, billiards, and futsal.
With an introductory-exhibition last year, dance sports will now be included in the final medal tally this year.
New games to be played this year are aero gymnastics, 3-on-3 basketball for boys-secondary level, and sepak takraw girls-secondary.
CAVRAA meet also features a Person with Disability (PWD) category. In 2017, Santiago City won first place in this category, followed by Nueva Vizcaya and Cagayan.
CAVRAA has nine member-participant divisions. These are the original five provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya. Tuguegarao City, City of Ilagan, Santiago City, and Cauayan City are separate divisions.
Over 5,700 delegates composed mainly of athletes, coaches, and officials are expected to be on hand for this year’s week-long regional meet.
Last year, the Division of the City of Ilagan hosted the annual meet in its new City Sports Complex.
This year, the CAVRAA meet will be mainly hosted by Tuguegarao City Division and co-hosted by the Division of Cagayan. It will be the first CAVRAA in Cagayan since 2012.
The prestigious event will emanate from the newly refurbished Cagayan Sports Complex in Tuguegarao City. It took more than P6 million to rehabilitate the sports complex through combined efforts of Tuguegarao City government and Provincial Government of Cagayan.
For years, Cagayan has been dominating the meet in the overall medal tally, retaining its crown last year and bagging 95 gold medals, 80 silver medals and 91 bronze medals. Isabela inched behind at second place with 83 gold medals, 57 silver medals and 89 bronze medals; and just behind at third spot was Nueva Vizcaya with 51 gold medals, 58 silver medals, and 81 bronze medals.
The athletic meet follows Olympic Medal System in determining the general rankings.
Winners and selected outstanding players of this showdown of athletes will have a guaranteed spot as representatives of Cagayan Valley in the Palarong Pambansa 2018.
Palarong Pambansa, considered as the pinnacle of student-athletes’ success in the country, will be held in historic Vigan City, Ilocos Sur this April. Northernforum.net