The Philippine Sports Commission made available the refurbished Philsports Complex in Pasig City for the national para-athletes’ training in preparation for the 2020 ASEAN Para Games in March.
Despite being weeks away from its official turnover, the move aims to give ample support to para-athlete’s campaign where the PH team seeks to improve its fifth place overall finish in the 2017 edition in Malaysia.
“Our national para-athletes are inspired to work harder as they use the new facilities inside Philsports. We thank the PSC for supporting us,” said Philippine Paralympic Committee Executive Director Dennis Esta.
Esta added the new facilities hope to add more quality to the para-athletes’ training particularly in athletics, powerlifting and sitting volleyball.
Bemedalled para-swimmers Ernie Gawilan, Garry Bejino and the rest of the swimming team are actually scheduled to train the Class-1 FINA-certified swimming facility of the New Clark City by the end of the month.
“We want to duplicate the same success Team Philippines had taking top rank of the 30th Southeast Asian Games,” said PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez. “The PSC will continue to give its full backing to the more than 280 national para-athletes in the Paragames.”
The Games are rescheduled to March 21 to 27 with 16 sports being played in 14 different competition venues in Metro Manila, Subic and Clark.
The PH team won 20 gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze medals in the previous edition.
Date: January 18, 2020 | By: Kristel Satumbaga | Newspaper: Manila Bulletin | Source: https://sports.mb.com.ph/2020/01/17/philsports-complex-now-open-to-training-for-2020-asean-para-games/