The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced on Wednesday that the construction of the track and field oval, athletes village and swimming pool at the New Clark City is now 90 percent complete and ready for testing prior to the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30 to December 11.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez said that the same speed of construction is expected of the other venues in Subic, Clark and Metro Manila.
“The big thing is the huge track and field has been polished. It’s time to be finished. I’m worried on other venues so we have to coordinate with the Phisgoc. Athletes village is almost finished at 90 percent,” said Ramirez at the PSC headquarters in Manila on Wednesday.
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara said the testing of the track and field and swimming pool is scheduled on August 27.
Ramirez stressed that the goal is to become champion given the huge amount of money that the Philippines is spending in hosting the biennial meet.
“It’s not impossible for us to become the champion. The athletes from the different national sports associations are not new to this type of competition. Why spend P6 billion if the goal is not to become champion? This is the position of the government, there must be a return of investment,” said Ramirez in Filipino.
The following are the venues located in Metro Manila and the sporting events they are hosting: Mall of Asia Skating Rink (ice hockey), World Trade Center (wushu, fencing, karatedo), PICC Forum (boxing), Cuneta Astrodome (kickboxing), Ninoy Aquino Stadium (weightlifting and taekwondo), Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (football, lawn tennis, soft tennis, squash and gymnastics), SM Megamall (figure skating), San Juan Arena (3X3 basketball and E-Sports), Starmall Edsa (bowling), Philsports Arena (indoor volleyball) and Makati Coliseum (badminton).
The competitions in dancesports, baseball, softball, archery, rugby 7s, shooting, judo, jiu -jitsu, kurash, wakeboarding, arnis, sambo, wrestling, golf, obstacles course, petanque and lawn balls will be held in Clark, Pampanga.
The New Clark City will host swimming, diving, water polo and athletics.
Subic will host sailing, windsurfing, handball beach, beach volleyball, sepak takraw, chess, pencak silat, muay, table tennis, canoe-kayak, dragon boat, triathlon, duathlon, open water swimming and rowing.
Polo competitions will be held in Batangas; cycling and skateboarding in Tagaytay City; surfing in La Union; women’s football at the Biñan Sports Complex; underwater hockey at the Vermosa Sports Club; netball at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex; and floorball and indoor hockey in Los Baños, Laguna.