IF HIS project will push through, athletes from the south may no longer have to go to the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) after Cebu City Councilor Dondon Hontiveros requested Mayor Edgardo Labella to look into the possibility of building a multi-disciplinary sports facility.
Councilor Hontiveros’ resolution, which was approved by the Council during the regular session on Sept. 24, 2019, is requesting the Office of the Mayor to look into the viability of building such a hub at the South Road Properties (SRP). Initially, a two-hectare lot will be allocated for the facility, said Hontiveros.
The plan to have a sports facility at the SRP was raised as early as 2005 by then Cebu City Sports Commission head Jonathan Guardo.
“A multi-disciplinary sports facility has to be established as an additional training center to serve as a training facility in the south, while the CCSC will be a training facility in the north,” Hontiveros said in his resolution.
Hontiveros said it has been discussed in the sports commission that some athletes can no longer use the football field in CCSC at 4 p.m. because there are more people who will jog in the facility at that time.
Hontiveros also noticed that there has been an increase in the attendance of individuals using the CCSC, not to mention the regular athletes who availed of “the one and only training facility owned by the local Government of the City of Cebu.”
CCSC has been a training ground of the “highly skilled athletes” representing Cebu City, not just in the national events, but also in international competitions. The SRP facility will also entice some athletes not to go to Manila for training and could even be a venue for coaches from Manila to conduct trainings for Cebuanos.
Hontiveros is hoping to get support from Labella. He is also hoping to get funding from the Philippine Sports Commission to realize the facility. (JJL)