Swimmers to test Baguio’s freezing pool

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Friday, February 7, 2014


AFTER failing to make a deal with a land owner in Asin, Tuba, Benguet, governor Nestor Fongwan has decided to include the Baguio Swimming Pools as one of the venue for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

And athletes will have to make do with the cold water at the city owned pool which is short of at least one centimeter to be an Olympic standard pool.

The water heating system of the city’s swimming pool has yet to be fixed as swimmers have been complaining of the nippy water reason why some athletes forgo practicing at the facility and instead choose nearby Itogon and Tuba.

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Water temperature in the city’s pool range from 2-3 degrees specially during the colder months of December to January.

Benguet is hosting the biggest annual sporting gab in the region with some 5,000 delegates coming from Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province who will compete for five days in 25 sports discipline and the addition of demonstration sports like wushu, billiards, futsal, wrestling and traditional games such as kadang-kadang and sangol.

“We tried to build our own swimming pool but unluckily we were not able to start one,” said Fongwan during the opening program at the Wangal Sports Center.

Fongwan was inspired with the province of Apayao when they hosted CARAA in 2013 and was able to accommodate swimmers with their newly built Olympic-size swimming pool.

The province recently completed P20 million worth of improvements in its sports complex prior to the arrival of athletes and officials.

The governor said they were eyeing a property along Asin road but negotiations for the acquisition of the land where the swimming pool is supposed to be built.

“Ayaw sana nating malamigan yung mga atleta natin sa swimming at baka sila magaksakit but will just have to make with what we have,” added Fongwan.

With the chilly water temperature at the Baguio Swimming Pool, Baguio is once again expected to lord the event with all eyes on Batang Pinoy gold medalist Jenkins Labao.

The 15 year old Labao won seven gold medals in the recently concluded Batang Pinoy National Finals in Bacolod City topping the 400m freestyle, 50m fly, 400m IM, as well as the boys’ 15-U 200m medley and 200m free relays in partnership with Neil Nazarro, Renz Guiller Gawilan, and Dan Christian Leyba.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 08, 2014.

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