Team Philippines Chef de Mission William I. Ramirez and a host of sports officials visited the competition venues for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Subic, Zambales and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac yesterday.
And they’re pleased with what they saw.
Ramirez first visited the Subic Boardwalk which will be the venue for triathlon, duathlon, open water swim and modern pentathlon, followed by the Subic covered court gym that will be the venue for sepak takraw and Subic courts which will host the beach handball and beach volleyball competitions of the biennial meet.
They also visited the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC), site of the muay, pencak silat and table tennis events.
“We are thankful to the President for supporting Philippine sports,” said Ramirez.
The group made its last stop at the New Clark City, which is now 93% completed, according to Jerico Bondoc of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and also PHISGOC venue manager.
The sports facilities at the NCC includes the athletics stadium and aquatic center which will be officially certified by IAAF and FINA by the end of the month as Class 1 sports venues.
“We will continue to update the President, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Committee on Sports chairman Sen. Bong Go on the developments of these competition venues in both Subic and Clark,” Ramirez added.
Meanwhile, the Athletes Village, which features 525 rooms with 2,100 beds for the athletes, will be opened on Nov. 20.
Other events which will also be played in North Luzon are sailing, windsurfing, arnis, sambo, wrestling, dancesport, athletics, aquatics and chess.
A total of 530 events in 57 sports will be played during the Nov. 30- Dec 11 sportsfest.