Flooded RMSC unfit for Philippine bets–Garcia


Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia yesterday reiterated the need for the national athletes to move out of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) which sustained major damage following heavy monsoon rains early this week.

The 80-year-old RMSC, which was recently at the center of debate among top sports officials who batted for its sale in favor of building a modern facility outside of the metropolis, had been under floodwaters the past three days.

The hardest-hit were the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Rizal Memorial Coliseum and gymnastics hall whose flooring came off and would need renovation  in order to be fit for athletes who are training and residing in the eight-hectare complex.

“This is one of the reasons why we want to move out of Rizal,” said Garcia. He said he had ordered technical people to survey the damage although he feared it’s going to be extensive.

Garcia had earlier bared plans to refurbish  the facilities this year using the agency’s savings amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos.

PSC executive director Guillermo Iroy said there are no damage at PhilSports which combined with RMSC in housing close to a thousand members of Team Philippines. He said everybody was accounted for.

Iroy also reported that the media center beside Rizal Coliseum was also damaged due to flood.

The RMSC gets  easily flooded, especially the coliseum which needs a water pump to drain the waters off its multi-purpose court.

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  • delacruzjuana31

    The best way of having sports facilities is to renovate and maintain them. Do not get rid of them. They are still usable by athletes in those areas. If you want to build new facilities, well and good, but be sure to set aside funds to maintain them.

  • KarloSilverioSevilla

    Was in Suphanburi, Thailand last year, in a new sports center that’s bigger, looks a lot better, and has more training and billeting facilities than our Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and ULTRA combined. I humbly and honestly told the Thai sports official (in wrestling), “Sir, your national sports training center is better than ours.” He replied, “I’m sorry, but this is not our national sports training center; this is only our provincial sports training center…and we have 14 like this all over Thailand, with four in Bankok.” (And it also turned out that the Suphanburi sports center was for stay-in high school-level athletes!)

    So even here in the Southeast Asian region, we are…

    • Great Gramo

      Pang high school lang yan? Nakakaawa na talaga tayo…80 year old facility pa rin gamit natin

      • KarloSilverioSevilla

        Opo (di ako sigurado kung exclusive for high schoolers, but it’s mainly for high school scholar-athletes). At may sports hotel pa yung provincial training center na iyon sa Thailand, kung saan kami nanatili ng ilang araw.

      • Great Gramo

        Wow, thanks for sharing. Buti pa sa bansa nila, nakikita kung san talaga napupunta ang tax na binabayad ng sambayanan.

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