SEA Games

Athletes witness construction of world-class facilities for 2019 SEA Games

Athletes witness construction of world-class facilities for 2019 SEA Games Capas, Tarlac—More than 150 national athletes visited New Clark City, Friday, to see theconstruction progress of the New Clark City Sports Complex that will be used for the 30thSoutheast Asian (SEA) Games in 2019. Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano andSpecial Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go led the event. Mr. Go is an avidbasketball player whose role was significant in sending Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketballteam, to the Asian Games. Joining them were two-time Asian Games gold medalist and Olympicrunner Lydia De Vega-Mercado and swimmer Eric Buhain, who also won medals in previous SEAGames. “These facilities are long overdue. Kaya binabalik lang po ni Pangulong Duterte ang dapat sa inyo,”Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said to the more than 150 athletespresent. The sports facilities are part of the Phase 1A development of the National GovernmentAdministrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, which is envisioned to be the main hub ofPhilippine sports. It will house the Athletics Stadium which has a 20,000-seating capacity, AquaticsCenter which can accommodate 2,000 people, and an Athletes’ Village. The Athletics Stadium will have a 400-meter standard track and a nine-lane world-class track andfield facility. Its design is inspired from the crater of Mt. Pinatubo, the contours of the Sierra Madreranges, and the festive details of the parols (Christmas lanterns) of Pampanga. Meanwhile, the Aquatics Center will have an eight-lane training pool, a 10-lane competition pool,and a diving pool with a five-meter maximum depth. Both the Athletics Stadium and the Aquatics Center meet global standards of the InternationalAssociation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA),respectively. The Athletes’ Village will serve as home of the athletes, officials, and international volunteers forthe entire duration of the 2019 SEA Games. It will have 525 rooms, 95 of which are for PWDs,gym amenities, kitchen and dining areas, conference rooms, and other recreational facilities. “The fast construction of the sports facilities proves that the government is committed to enhancesports development in the country so we can produce more world-class athletes, and hostinternational sporting events in the future,” Cayetano said. Speaking in behalf of the athletes, Cheska Altomonte, captain of the Philippine Women’s SoftballTeam said, “Up until 11 this morning, this complex was a bedtime story to us. It was a fairytale.We never believed it was actually real. We are very excited. We are very inspired to train harderthan ever.” “Because you promised this to us, this is our promise to you. We promise to train hard and trainsmart. We promise to respect the facilities to keep it clean. We promise to embody Olympic valuesof friendship, respect and excellence. Once you deliver this to us, we will deliver back. We promiseto win,” she added. Swimmer Jessie Lacuna meanwhile expressed gratitude for organizing the athletes’ visit.“It’s very exciting for us to represent the country in the SEA Games. Makakaasa po kayo na sa lahatng pinaghirapan niyo, makapag-produce rin kami and makapag-perform ng maayos for next year’sgames,” Lacuna said. At the core of the said development is the 1.4-kilometer River Park Corridor for people to have asense of harmony with nature. The corridor will have bikeways, jogging paths, open amphitheaters,and spots for community activities such as yoga and zumba. “Last January this property was bare land. Now, you can see for yourselves that we are on track infully transforming Clark as the main hub of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Expect these facilitiesto be completed by September next year,” said BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon. Future developments like a high-performance gym, sports museum, and a tertiary level hospital, arealso envisioned to complete the New Clark City sports complex. The NGAC is the first phase in building New Clark City. Aside from the sports facilities, it willhave satellite offices of government agencies that will serve as back-up for continuity in case ofdisasters and calamities. -END- Reference:Leilani Barlongay-MacasaetAssistant Vice PresidentCorporate Communications OfficeMobile No. 0908-8998578

November 24, 2018

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Construction of Sports Facilities for 2019 SEA Games on track

Construction of Sports Facilities for 2019 SEA Games on trackCapas, Tarlac—Leaders of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC)inspected on Saturday, July 7, the Sports Facilities being built in New Clark City as the Philippinesgears up to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. The Sports Facilities are part of New Clark City’s Phase1A which Infrastructure DeveloperAlloyMTD intends to finish by October 2019. The world-class sports complex includes an Athletic Stadium with a 20,000 seating capacity,Aquatic Center with a 2,000 seating capacity, and an Athletes Village that can accommodate up to1,000 athletes. “The Athletes Village has a total of 525 units, 95 of which are specially intended for Persons withdisabilities (PWD).; Amenities Gym, Library, and Conference Rooms in each floor; Kitchen anddining area; Basketball court, Swimming pool, and Deck gardens,” according to PHISGOC DeputyDirector General for Athletes Village Arrey Perez. AlloyMTD President Nicholas David says New Clark City construction is on track and is confidentthat Phase1A will be completed ahead of schedule.  PHISGOC officials also led the erection of steel columns for the Athletic Stadium together withBases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon.  Clark will serve as the main hub of the 2019 SEA Games with the Aquatics and Athletics event tobe held at the New Clark City. -END-

July 7, 2018

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