PH athletics team coaches disagree with proposed sale of Rizal Memorial

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MANILA, Philippines —  The sale of the historic Rizal Memorial Sports Complex means one less training facility for the athletics program.

And given that it’s already rare to find a world-class track oval in Manila, the coaches of Philippine track-and-field team vehemently disagree with the proposed sale of RMSC.

“Definitely no,” said Athletics squad head coach Josephy Sy when asked by reporters what he thought of the move by the Philippine Olympic Committee in the SCOOP forum.

“If it were up to me, all cities should have at least one track oval. As far as we’re concerned, we go around Metro Manila, we only go to ULTRA (PhilSports Complex) and it isn’t even good,” he said in Filipino.

But even before the proposed sale, the track and field athletes have been relocated to train in the PhilSports’ oval in Pasig, while the national team’s “priority athletes” have been training in Baguio.

Roselyn Jamero, also part of the coaching staff of the track-and-field team, said, ”
“Now, ULTRA is becoming crowded. The venue will deteriorate much faster if more people are using it.”

Jamero also said she has observed a dip in the overall performance of the athletics program in Metro Manila, “simula ng nagalaw ang Rizal (when they moved Rizal) [Memorial].”

“Even collegiate teams, the national team, are finding it difficult to look for a]venue,” said Jamero, also saying they had to train in Laguna in their 2011 build-up.

The plans to put the storied complex — built in 1934 and house, a baseball field, football field, among others — was announced by POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., late in May.

Reports have it that mall giants and a nearby top university have shown interest in purchasing the 10-hectare venue, which is a property of Manila.

“In Manila, there is only one Rizal [Memorial] and it’s irreplaceable,” said Jamero.

“If Mayor [Joseph] Estrada is really pro-poor, he will not sell Rizal Memorial,” said Sy.

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  • judefawley

    Sell it in the expense of building a new sports complex that can hold one hundred thousand people otherwise keep it as it is.

  • getreal911

    Kung hindi iprivitize, ibebenta naman. Anong klaseng mga lider at gobyerno to? Lahat nalang ng bagay na dapat libre sa mamamayan ay ipaparerenta o sumingil sa mga mamamayan. Tama si Josephy Sy na dapat lahat ng syudad may track and field. Ni maging mga municipal parks wala na, ginawa nang fore-rent na basketbolan. Yan ba ang “power emanates from the pipol?” Kalokohan. Ni walang power ang mga mamamayan para usigin ang mga magnanakaw o kahit man lang pigilan ang mga pro-poor na mga policy.

  • pinoyathletics.com

    i would rather they tore down Harrison Plaza and expanded the sports complex.

  • Franzeline Perdubal

    No more SM malls causing traffic jams

  • marienkind

    People are never consulted when it comes to these things. Manila Zoo, Rizal Complex, even Manila bay.

  • noelv

    What will happen to the proceeds of the sale? Are they going to divide the booty? Where will our poor athletes train after that?

  • doncleo

    bakit ba kailangang ibenta? may kapalit na ba na mas maganda at modern na sports complex?…di na talaga aasenso pinas kapag ganito takbo ng isip ng mga opisyal natin.

  • bongarroyo

    tama kung pro poor nga si erap di niya papayagang tuluyang ibenta iyan.

    gawing tambakan ng mga iskwater ng dumami pa ang mga mahihirap sa maynila.

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