New Clark City hosts PH team’s SEA Games pre-qualifying events

September 01, 2019

The national team to compete in the  30th Southeast Asian  Games (SEA Games) to be held  in the Philippines are now preparing for the pre-qualifying events at the New Clark City (NCC).

Philippine Swimming Inc. is holding from August 31 until September 3 the 1st Philippine National Open Swimming Championships at the 2,000-seater Aquatics Center while the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association has scheduled the final leg of its 2019 Weekly Relay Series yesterday at the 20,000-seater Athletics Stadium.  The winners will be part of the PH  team.

“Before, these facilities were just a dream. Now, I’m happy to see our athletes training here as they make their country proud in the upcoming biennial games. The facilities are proof that government is serious in providing our athletes with a sports center that is truly world-class,” said Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Vivencio Dizon.

The design of the the Aquatics Center showed the coastal heritage of the Filipino people, depicting Capiz shells used as windows, while the structural framing was inspired by the weaving patterns of  the “baklad’” or woven fish nets.

The Athletics Stadium was inspired from the  “caldera” or crater of Mt. Pinatubo and the organic lahar material of the concrete.  The stadium featured  a world-class 400-meter, nine-lane standard track.

Dizon said both facilities meet the standards of the international governing bodies -- the Federation Internationale de Natation and International Association of Athletics Federations.