Senator Sonny Angara is looking forward to a “reinvigorated culture of sports” pervading throughout the country once a state-of-the-art national sports training center is finally built.
Once a “pipe dream,” Angara said the establishment of the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) moved an inch closer to reality after the bicameral conference committee recently approved a bill for that purpose.
“Darating ang panahon na hindi na lang tayo aasa sa swerte pagdating sa larangan ng palakasan. Sakaling maisabatas, makatutulong ang pagtatatag ng Philippine Sports Training Center sa pagpapalakas ng ating tsansa na magtagumpay sa pandaigdigang kumpetisyon,” Angara pointed out.
Angara, the bill’s principal author and sponsor, said the planned sports facility will “create Olympians, produce future hall-of-famers, and, most importantly, empower the Filipino to win.”
The approved bill authorizes the construction of the PSTC to provide more support for Filipino athletes and boost the country’s performance in the Olympics and other international sports events.
“The PSTC will offer a beacon of hope for Filipino athletes, sports enthusiasts, fanatics and the entire nation hungry for that elusive Olympic gold,” said Angara, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports and chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Under the bill, P3.5 billion will be allocated for the project, which should be completed in two years after the bill’s signing into law.
Angara said that training centers “reflect the state of sports in a given country, and particularly, the support being given.”
These facilities, coupled with top level coaching and access to international competition, are key drivers of an effective sports system as these directly affect athletes, he explained.
The senator said the new training center will serve as a source of reassurance to national athletes, who, despite being deprived of world-class training and facilities, still managed to bring honor and pride to the country.
Angara is confident the country will produce “more Hidilyn Diaz and other world-class athletes” once the P3.5-billion sports training facility is constructed.
The sports facility will adopt a scientific approach in training athletes using modern equipment.
It would also house athletes to allow unhampered and immersive training for major tournaments, including facilities for expert coaching and referee development.
Angara said the PSTC would be a milestone in the effort to uplift the state of Philippine sports and “a commitment of support to our athletes on and off-season.”