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CPS condemns shooting at sporting event in Marawi

VIOLENCE has no place in sport.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) underscored this point in a strong message condemning the shooting that occurred during a Bangsamoro youth sporting event at Mindanao State University (MSU) grandstand in Marawi Friday.

“The shooting incident was sad and tragic. This is something we at the PSC condemn in the strongest possible terms,” ​​the government sports funding agency said in a statement.

Sporting events should be a gathering of sportspeople whose love for equality and peace is fueled by physical exercise and movement.

“Let’s not let people with a penchant for violence ruin the success of sports at the grassroots level. Let us all continue to be vigilant in our work for peace,” he added.

PSC President William Ramirez has already spoken with their sports coordinators in Marawi to look into the matter and find ways to prevent such an incident from happening again.

The CPS has promoted its “Sports for Peace” program throughout the country, including the Marawi in the past.

A group of gunmen chased and beat an MSU student near the grandstand where the sporting event was taking place.

An off-duty police officer who was at the event responded but was shot and injured by the suspects.

It also resulted in the injury of several students. Initial investigation pointed to personal grudge as a possible reason that sparked the incident. — Joey Villar