NorthPort owner Mikee Romero bats for 'sports university' after PH sports academy act signed

Congressman Mikee Romero now looks forward to a tertiary sports school aside from the incoming National Academy of Sports.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--A major breakthrough in Philippine sports happened on Tuesday when President Rodrigo Duterte enacted Republic Act 11470, paving the way for the construction of the National Academy of Sports in Capas.

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However, for Congressman Mikee Romero, the job is not yet done.

The national polo player and owner of the NorthPort franchise in the PBA hopes that a collegiate institution specially catering to aspiring star athletes should also be put up aside from the new sports high school--much better if it will be government controlled.

"The next major piece of the puzzle is a sports state university," Romero said in a statement on Thursday.

He, however, also understands if the sports state university is not yet in the government's plans due to budget and logistical concerns.

With that, he also hopes that the private sector will step up in helping the young athletes still get quality tertiary education and more specialized training.

"If the government is unable to establish and operate a sports university soon, I am hoping the private sector can come together to build the country's first private sports university," Romero further said.

Currently, the de facto private sports college the Philippines has is the one put up by NU in Calamba.

For now, Romero is glad that RA 11470 is now made official.

"Somehow, this would boost the spirits of our national athletes and aspiring sports heroes all over the country who have had to continue training in their homes and in isolation from others because of the COVID-19 pandemic," Romero continued.

He now looks forward to the quick formulation of a vaccine for COVID-19, which can help the NAS open very soon.

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