World class training facility for Filipino athletes to rise in Clark

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The ambitious plan of building a world class training facility for Filipino athletes in Clark has reached another milestone last week after PSC, POC and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) have agreed for the lease of the 50 hectares of land in Clark Field, Pampanga where the facility will be built.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) executive director Guillermo Iroy Jr. said that the agreement has been already sealed between PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco and CIAC president Emigdio Tanjuatco Jr. last Wednesday.

The agreement is for PSC and POC to lease the 50 hectares of land where a modern training complex will be built to house the training of all Filipino national athletes before they compete in various international competitions.

“It’s already a done deal,” said Iroy who was with Garcia during the inspection of the land last Tuesday.

Iroy explained that Garcia and Cojuangco have already prepared the lease agreement as well as the terms of preference which they will present to Tanjuato, nephew of POC chief, this week.

Once the agreement has been approved, the land can then be fenced in preparation for the building of the most modern training center(s) in Asia.

“They are now in the process of drafting the TOR (terms of reference) and the lease agreement where the POC will pay the government a rental of one peso a year. Once it’s already done, we can now proceed with the construction.”

PSC and POC will be using the $50,000 pledged from the Olympic Council of Asia to build the facility, and will be asking the help of the private sectors and friends in the politics to help fund the project.

“Each venue or training center will have a sponsor,” said Cojuangco. “And once a venue has been built, we will develop it into a modern viewing center complete with state of the art equipment, high grade lighting, bleachers and other facilities so we can attract organizers of international tournaments.”

PSC is hoping to transfer about 150 to 200 athletes to the new training facilities next year.

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