Para athletes start honing

THE Philippine Sports Commission opened the doors of its newly refurbished PhilSports Complex for national para athletes training for the 2020 Asean Para Games.

“The renovations done in both Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and in PhilSports are primarily for our elite athletes,” PSC Chairman William Ramirez said.

Despite being weeks away from its official turnover, the PSC has already opened the complex in Pasig City to support the para athletes’ preparations for the Games that are rescheduled for March.

“Our national para-athletes are inspired to work harder as they use the new facilities inside PhilSports. We thank the PSC for supporting us,” Philippine Paralympic Committee Executive Director Dennis Esta said.

Esta said para athletes in athletics, power-lifting and sitting volleyball are now using the Pasig City facility.

Ramirez also announced that the para swimmers led by Ernie Gawilan and Garry Bejino are now training at the world-class New Clark City pool, thanks to Bases Conversion and Development Authority Vice President for Business Development Arrey Perez.

“We want to duplicate the success Team Philippines took in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. The PSC will continue to give its full backing to the more than 280 national para-athletes competing in the Para Games,” shared the agency chief.

The Philippines is fielding 280 athletes in the Para Games set in 14 different venues in Metro Manila, Subic and Clark.

Date: January 18, 2020 | Newspaper: Business Mirror | Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/01/17/para-athletes-start-honing/