|Currently, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex has been the main training ground of our athletes.|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA—Philippine sports got a major help as President Rodrigo Duterte put into law the Philippine Sports Training Center Act.
As announced on Tuesday, Duterte on Thursday signed what would become Republic Act 11214, which gives the go-signal to build the PSTC.
"[This will] serve as the official home and primary venue for the development of athletes in the national team for its corresponding training pools... through the use of scientific principles and programs, proven training techniques, and modern equipment and facilities that are at par with international standards," the law said.
The PSTC, to be managed by the Philippine Sports Commission once finished, will be home to 39 sports including basketball, boxing, cycling, football, rugby, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, and wushu.
These disciplines that have given the Philippines many victories in the professional and the national team ranks.
A PHP3.5 billion budget will be allocated for the construction of the PSTC, which will be finished within 18 months "in a location suitable and conducive to high-level training of athletes, coaches, and referees."
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