The International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) recognized the New Clark City (NCC) Athletics Stadium and Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac as “Class 1” facilities for hosting this year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.
Dream becomes real because of ‘Build, Build, Build’
Facilities and venues at New Clark City was given a certification on Wednesday in a press conference attended by House of Representatives Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano, Senator Bong Go, Bases Conversion Development Authority CEO and president Vince Dizon, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino, and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Arnold Agustin.
“It was just a dream before. But because of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, natupad po ang dating pangarap lamang (of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, what was once a dream turned into reality),” Dizon said.
The world-class sports facilities were constructed in 18 months, where athletics and aquatics in the SEA Games will be happened.
Produce more world-class talents
With the construction of the Class 1 venues, Bong Go said that the country is now ready to produce more world-class talents who can surely follow the triumph of world champions Carlos Yulo of gymnastics, Nesthy Petecio of boxing, and Olympic qualifier EJ Obiena of athletics.
“Magiging masaya po ang ating Pangulo sa pagkakagawa ng nasabing sports facilities dito po sa Pampanga (Our President will surely appreciate the construction of these sports facilities here in Pampanga),” he said.
“Ngayon ay masisiguro na po natin na makakapag-hubog po ang Pilipinas ng mga (Now we can surely produce) world-class athletes like Caloy Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, and Ej Obiena now that we have access to the world-class facilities dito sa ating bansa (here in our country),” he added.
Philippine National High School for Sports – 2021
Senators and the other guests have also witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Philippine National High School for Sports which will be open for all students who aspire to develop their skills as athletes. The construction is expected to be done by the year 2021.
“It will be just like the regular high schools. But here, the students will undergo training to determine what sports they (would) fit in. It will eventually have an entrance examination before the students can enroll,” Cayetano explained.
Cayetano had explained that creating a sports academy for high school students would greatly help ensure the welfare of the youth and lay the foundation for the future of Philippine sports.