Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh

Updated 25 May 2012
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Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh

Riyadh: Jun A. Mallare

The most awaited Basketball Tournament 2012 Unity Cup of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District starts today at 4 p.m. at the Dunes Compound Filipino Community basketball court in Olaya Thalateen area here.
Siglakas Riyadh South League Commissioner Henry Dumalaon confirmed 15 teams including 1 guest team from the venue sponsor entered the tournament. Last season’s third placer Dunes will lead Group A with Dumez P.B., Khazzan, King Fahd Hospital, Industrial, Recs 1 and Senayah teams completing the list. In Group B are 2011 league champions Roma and Yamama teams, Al Kharj, Artec, Aziziah, Farazdaq, Shemesy and Wardeh.
The opening ceremony will start with the parade of participating teams and muses followed by the singing of Philippine national anthem to be conducted by Mark Howell Lerio and the opening remarks by Siglakas President Eduardo Sarmiento. Program anchors Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan will introduce guest speakers Siglakas Chairman Willy Espiritu and Sports Commissioner of Dunes Compound Filipino Community Ben Samson Duhaylungsod.
Last season’s MVP Ricky Vargas will lead the oath of sportsmanship to be followed by the awarding of best team in uniform and best muse. Siglakas Adviser Felix A. Flor Jr. will deliver the closing remarks and do the ceremonial toss of the ball.
Opening day games pit Dunes against Industrial and Shemesy against Yamama.
Teams grouped into two brackets play a single round robin in the elimination rounds with top two of each bracket to qualify for the crossover semifinal. The last two teams will battle for third and fourth and the best to contest the championship in a best-of-three series. Regular games will be played Fridays from 4:30 p.m.
The tournament enjoys the generous support of Bukabin-Siglakas International Riyadh South District league advisers Armando C. Ortiz Sr., Felix A. Flor, Jr. and chairpersons Willy Espiritu, Ed Resurreccion, Ricardo Manlutac, Ed Sarmiento, Oscar Rico, Rene Layug, Joe Amoncio, Salvador Vargas, Albert Datijan, Paul Alcantara and Ricky Guerrero. Other Siglakas officers supporting the league are Ricardo De Leon, John Suguitan, Jeff Datoc, Willy Catacutan, Cesar Delos Reyes, Raul Optina, Lito Bayang, Armando Pinulan, Bong Delos Reyes, Jun Urbanes, Emer Espino, Noli Verceles, Elmer Pakinggan, Gilbert Umipig, Raul Villalobos, Noel Tan, Danny Villanueva, Danny Sollestre, Danny Tuazon, Rene Galit, Domeng Mondala, Nestor Imbat, Laurel Lorenzo, Nat Mulleno, Moises Sarmiento and Ernie Ligan. Dunes Compound Filipino Community through Rex Badida and Ben Samson Duhaylungsod also support the tournament.
Henry Dumalaon is the League Commissioner of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District tournament committee. Dumalaon is being supported by the 3-Kapisanan working committee Cris Cabigting, Romeo Manahan, Leo Zamora, Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan. The Siglakas Referees Group led by Artemio Turla will handle the tournament officiating.


‘Not impossible’ that Formula E will overtake F1, says Felipe Massa ahead of Ad Diriyah race

Updated 15 December 2018
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‘Not impossible’ that Formula E will overtake F1, says Felipe Massa ahead of Ad Diriyah race

LONDON: Felipe Massa has acknowledged the possibility of Formula E becoming more popular than its more illustrious rival Formula One, ahead of his debut at the Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia today.
The Brazilian ace swapped the roaring engines of F1 for the blistering battery power of Formula E this season, and told Arab News that the idea was not “impossible.”
“On overtaking, Formula 1, that’s a difficult question to answer. But what can I say, is that it’s not impossible. We just need to wait and see how things go, (whether) it is ‘when’ or ‘if,’ but it’s definitely not impossible,” he said.
“Formula E and electric cars are becoming ever-more present, but it will definitely be the future, even in the short-term future.
“It (the technology) has already arrived in some countries and will in other countries, too, it is the future. I think Formula E has used that mentality, even five years ago to build this (motorsport) category,” he added.
Massa, who raced for 15 seasons in Formula One and won 11 grands prix, was also positive about the potential of Formula E as it continues to expand after its inception in 2011 and inaugural season in 2014.
“It will take a little bit of time, it’s not easy to get things perfect straight away, but look at the past two years and how much the championship is growing.
“When I say growing, it’s not just with the quality of the drivers, but also with manufacturers’ teams and companies, who are really getting behind the sport.
“Look how many companies they are signing on as sponsors, on many different levels, even companies that sell fuel,” he said.
“We are even racing (this weekend) in a country known as an oil country. So, I think this shows how much this championship is growing.”
Massa also agreed with comments made by F1 director Ross Brawn, who recently said that the highest level of motorsport had become too predictable.
“Only certain racers can win in Formula One, but Formula E is unpredictable and a good example (of that) is that the winners in all past seasons have been different drivers,” he told Arab News.
The affable driver said he is relishing the new challenge that Formula E will pose to his skills and abilities, adding that with the exception of certain parts of the Monaco and Mexico circuits, each track will be new to him.
“I like a challenge, there is a lot to learn and a lot to test myself with and learning the car, working with the team,” he said.
“Even though I’m experienced in motorsport, with my 16 years in Formula One, this is a new test and I will have to start from zero.”
Meanwhile, defending Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne said hearing the words “world champion” after his name was “still cool.”
When asked about the challenge from teammate Andre Lotterer on the other side of the Techeetah garage, the Frenchman was full of praise for the German driver.
“He is absolutely one of the most talented drivers, and I expect him to be on the same level as I am and, for sure, it’s going to be a nice competition between us.
“It will be good for the team, as that will push everybody, and that is what we want as a team.”
The former F1 driver was complimentary about Formula E’s new “attack mode,” but voiced concerns about the danger the system posed to drivers on corners on the challenging Ad Diriyah circuit this weekend.