Local Athletes Might Soon Get a High-Tech Sports Training Center
It's set to rise in Pangasinan by 2022.
(SPOT.ph) Every now and then, the Philippines brings home a medal or two from international athletic competitions. Take female weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in 2016 and a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. In an interview after her most recent win, she voiced out the concerns of many local athletes asking for support. Perhaps things would change for our Filipino athletes soon—President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the law pushing for the creation of the Philippine Sports Training Center, a high-tech sports complex set to rise in Pangasinan by 2022.
The Republic Act No. 11214 or the Philippine Sports Training Center Act was signed with the aim to "achieve excellence in international sports competitions, to ensure success in the country's quest to achieve competitiveness in the Olympic Games and to promote international amity among nations."
With a budget of P3.5 billion, the proposed project is envisioned to be the training hub for national teams. It will have dormitories for both athletes and coaches, a baseball field, beach volleyball courts, a bowling center, covered swimming and diving pools, a football field, a gymnastics center, a track and field oval, tennis courts, a velodrome, a rugby pitch, and a sports science building, among others.
According to the law, it will employ the use of programs, training techniques, and modern equipment and facilities "that are at par with international standards" for the development of our national athletes. The Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) is also seen as a possible venue for local and international competitions.
The Philippine Sports Commission is tasked to manage the center once it's operational. The project was first announced in a press conference held December 4, 2018, where the commission's chairman, Williman Ramirez, said that the PSTC "will serve as the official home for the development of athletes in the national team and training pools."
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