THE Philippines, a developing and manpower-exporting Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people, has produced some of the world’s finest athletes in boxing, bowling, billiards and other sports.
Despite this, however, this graft-prone country is still without a gold medal in the highly-prestigious Olympics, saddening the Filipino people, particularly those mandated to develop world-class athletes.
Thus, it is certainly heartening to know that a Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC), an ultra modern and highly scientific sports complex, will soon be established in the country.
Reports said that the House of Representatives has already ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the consolidation of House Bill (HB) No. 5615 and Senate Bill (SB) No. 1716.
The consolidated bill seeks to set up a sports training center, which shall serve as the official and primary venue for the development of athletes for the national team and training of coaches and referees.
Likewise, the proposed PSTC is envisioned to host local, national and international sports competitions.
We are made to believe that within 18 months after the proposed legislation takes effect, the necessary sports facilities and amenities complying with international standards shall be built.
Under the measure, the fully-equipped modern sports complex shall be constructed in a location, which is conducive to the high-level training of athletes, coaches and referees.
Without doubt, the establishment of the proposed PSTC will play a crucial role in the development of more world-class Filipino athletes, such as boxers, bowlers, cue masters and cyclists.
Certainly, it is seen to bolster our chances of winning our first ever Olympic gold medal.