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President Duterte to open Philippines’ new sports city ahead of SEA Games

Date : 02 Aug 2019

Manila, Philippines, August 2, 2019: In a couple of weeks, members of the Philippines athletics and aquatics teams will move into New Clark City in Tarlac, 100km north of Manila, reports the Philippine Star.

Vince Dizon, President and CEO of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, said while their personal target of completion was August 31, the national athletes could start using the facilities on August 15 in preparation for the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.

“On August 15 they can start training and stay there until the SEA Games because they deserve world-class training facilities,” Dizon said.

He added that the self-imposed target of August 31 would be ahead of their initial schedule of October 15, giving them enough time to iron out some possible kinks and test everything.

The sprawling 9,450-hectare government-initiated development project, which will host the centerpiece athletics and aquatics in the SEA Games, is already 90 per cent complete.

“We can tell you with utmost certainty that it will be finished ahead of schedule,” said Dizon.

Dizon, in fact, said no less than President Duterte himself would inaugurate New Clark City in early November.

The 20,000-seater track and field oval is almost finished as well as the training oval beside it.

The nearby aquatics centre, which includes an Olympic-size 10-lane competition pool, an eight-lane training pool and 5m deep diving area, is also almost finished.

The athletes’ village includes over 500 rooms of single, double and triple-bedroom flats, and there is also a multi-floor government centre.

The massive sports infrastructure project will be the first for the government since the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila was built in 1934.

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