The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) facility at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City is almost ready to host the bubble training of combat sports teams that will compete in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam more late this year.
PSC Chief of Staff Marc Velasco unveiled such a development in Radyo Pilipinas Dos’s PSC Hour program on Friday, June 4.
“I could say categorically that it (the Baguio facility) is about 97 or 98 percent ready. It’s just that the DPWH has to hand the building over to the PSC because technically it’s still under them, ”said Velasco, also national director of training for the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI).
The recently renovated PSC facilities in Baguio are expected to accommodate the training of national athletes in boxing, taekwondo, karate, muay thai, kick boxing and kurash.
Velasco said PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez and the agency’s engineering department regularly inspect the building’s condition and integrity.
“We expect it to be officially handed over maybe in the next few days or next week with the support of Baguio LGU as they have the final permits. Once that happens, PSC will take control of the venue and begin the process of setting up protocols and moving athletes, ”he said.
Baguio City is just one of the LGUs that will host the national formations for the SEA Games following the approval of the Interagency Working Group (IATF) on the latest directives issued by the Joint Administrative Orders (JAO) composed of of the PSC, the Games and Amusement Board, and the Department of Health.
Velasco said several National Sports Associations (NSAs) have applied for approval to conduct their training in various LGUs.
Cycling seeks to organize its preparations in Tagaytay City, triathlon and swimming in Clark, indoor volleyball in Taguig City and martial arts in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
A number of teams have already taken bubble training such as archery in Dumaguete City, fencing in Ormoc City, weightlifting in Cebu, Bohol and Zamboanga City, sepak takraw and beach volleyball. in Ilocos Norte, and canoeing / dragon boat in Tacloban.
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