THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) guaranteed the historic Rizal Memorial Sports Complex’s (RMSC) involvement as a vital mini-hub of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
All in all, PSC facilities other than those in the RMSC would host seven of the 56 sports on the Philippine SEA Games program.
The PSC renovated the Rizal Memorial Coliseum to a new-look grandeur for the gymnastics competitions, as well as the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Also refurbished was the PhilSports Arena, another major facility of the PSC in Pasig City.
“This is a sporting heritage that will always remind us of the hardships, failures and victories of every Filipino athlete,” Team Philippines Chef de Mission and PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said.
“These restored facilities are not only for SEA Games but for Team Philippines so they can have a morale boosting inspiration that will eventually result to a leveled-up performance. This is not for PSC, this is for Team Philippines and our future generations,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the agency’s P1-billion investment on the Filipino athletes will “bear fruit.”
Ramirez, who is busy touring the various venues for the 30th SEA Games to make sure everything is up and running, said the PSC is determined to help national athletes reach world-class standards in terms of performance in the international scene.
“We spent P1 billion for the training and exposure of our athletes abroad. Never in history of our country has the government been this supportive of the Filipino athlete, financially. Ngayon lang nangyari ito sa pamunuan ng ating Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” Ramirez said.
Most of the funding was spent on the athletes’ international training and exposure, equipment, foreign coaches, education and nutrition.
“We want them to be physically and mentally equipped when they represent the country in foreign competitions. Our support to them actually is not just geared for these SEA Games, but even beyond because we want to create a foundation in these games where we can build on our gains,” Ramirez said.
“I am confident that our P1-billion investment on our athletes will bear fruit,not only in the SEA Games but perhaps in the Tokyo Olympics and even the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, as well,” he said.
The Philippines is hosting the 30th edition of the biennial meet. And although the lead agency tasked to organize the games is the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), the PSC has supported the Phisgoc, the Philippine Olympic Committee and the various national sports associations.
“We want to make sure our investment in our athletes is taken care of with the smooth hosting of the games that is why we are extending our support to the organizing committee. Sila [athletes] naman ang bida rito,” Ramirez said.
Grassroots sports is also an area where the PSC has been active as Ramirez reiterated his goal to continue the growth of the Philippine Sports Institute, the Batang Pinoy, the Philippine National Games and the Laro’t Saya sa Parke.
Date: November 28, 2019 | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/28/historic-rizal-memorial-sports-complex-to-play-major-role-in-seag/