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NCC’s SEA Games venues get ‘Class 1’ certification


WORLD-CLASS. House of Representatives Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman, Alan Peter Cayetano, takes a selfie with fellow government officials during the ocular inspection of the Aquatic Center of the New Clark City (NCC) in Capas, Tarlac on Wednesday (Oct. 16, 2019). The newly-built NCC aquatic center and athletics stadium has been certified as “Class 1” and is ready to host the 30th SEA Games from November 30 to December 11. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)



MANILA -- The International Athletics Association Federation (IAAF) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) have certified the New Clark City (NCC) Athletics Stadium and Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac as “Class 1” facilities for the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11 this year.

The certification of the NCC sports facilities was announced on Wednesday in a press conference attended by House of Representatives Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano; Senator Bong Go; Bases Conversion Development Authority CEO and president Vince Dizon; Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino; and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Arnold Agustin.

"It was just a dream before. But because of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, natupad po ang dating pangarap lamang (of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, what was once a dream turned into reality)," Dizon said.

The world-class sports facilities, where athletics and aquatics in the SEA Games will be held, were constructed in 18 months.

New Clark City Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac. (PNA Photo by Avito Dalan)

With the construction of the Class 1 venues, Go said the Philippines is ready to produce more world-class talents who can follow the footsteps of world champions Carlos Yulo of gymnastics, Nesthy Petecio of boxing, and Olympic qualifier EJ Obiena of athletics.

"Magiging masaya po ang ating Pangulo sa pagkakagawa ng nasabing sports facilities dito po sa Pampanga (Our President will surely appreciate the construction of these sports facilities here in Pampanga),” he said.

“Ngayon ay masisiguro na po natin na makakapag-hubog po ang Pilipinas ng mga (Now we can surely produce) world-class athletes like Caloy Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, and Ej Obiena now that we have access to the world-class facilities dito sa ating bansa (here in our country),"

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