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11K kalahok! BARMMAA Meet kicks off

The weeklong Palarong Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association (BARMMAA) 2024 has officially started in Cotabato City.

Some 11,000 delegates, including athletes, coaches, officials, and enthusiasts from across the Bangsamoro region, joined the creative parade in Cotabato City and the ceremonial lighting of the torch to officially start the regional sports meet at the Cotabato State University grandstand on Saturday, May 11.

The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) is leading sports meet, with Cotabato City as the host local government unit (LGU).

Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal said the event fosters regional identity and pride as divisions engage in friendly competition, emphasizing the spirit of sportsmanship.

“While we hope for your victory, we encourage you not to be disheartened if you cannot stand on the winner’s podium. Your participation alone is a testament to your strength and commitment,” Iqbal said.

This year’s sports meet carries the theme, “Empowering sports for a stronger, united Bangsamoro,” which will culminate on Friday, May 17.

Set to compete for the championship are 11 BARMM delegations from Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur I and II, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Special Geographic Areas, and the cities of Marawi, Lamitan, and Cotabato.

Director Yusof Thong Amino of the MBHTE’s Bureau of Physical Education and Sports Development (BPESD) earlier said the contingents are expected to battle for a total of 23 different sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, sepak takraw, among others, with dance sports—the newly added sport on the list.

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