MARAWI CITY: The regional meet of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) wound up here Saturday as ARMM lined up its best athletes to compete in the Palarong Pambansa in May in Laguna.
Some 6,000 athletics including coaches and educational officials from 10 divisions of Maguindanao I, Maguindanao II, Lanao del Sur I-A, Lanao del Sur I-B, Lanao del Sur II, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and cities of Lamitan and Marawi took part in the ARMM Athletic Association (ARMMAA) meet.
The events included archery, arnis, athletic (sprint, run and relay), badminton, baseball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling and wushu for boys and girls in elementary and secondary categories.
Lamitan City ruled the secondary level while Maguindanao II topped the elementary level.
Marawi, which hosted the regional event for the first time, won four gold medals in tennis singles and doubles; basketball, and football.
The city took the gold in football during the 1996 Palarong Pambansa in the elementary category, representing Central Mindanao Region.
Football was reportedly introduced in Marawi in the late 1960s by Arab missionaries, who built a temporary football field at the campus of Jamiatu Muslim Mindanao (University of Muslim Mindanao), the country’s oldest and biggest Arabic institution.
MOH I. SAADUDDIN