PHI Nat'l Games rescheduled to April 2018

PHI Nat'l Games rescheduled to April 2018
The Philippine National Games (PNG) was tentatively rescheduled to April 15 to 21, 2018 in Cebu.

Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez today announced that the Philippine National Games set in Cebu City this December will be rescheduled for next year.

Ramirez confirmed the change after the last coordination meeting with the local government unit last week.  “We are tentatively scheduling it on April 15 to 21, 2018.  It will still be held in Cebu.”

The moving of the event was permitted “to make the necessary administration to ensure an efficiently run PNG,” said Ramirez.

PSC Commissioner Arnold Agustin, who was also in attendance,  also announced that the Philippine Para National Games will likewise be moved in April next year.

PSC Executive Director Atty. Sannah Frivaldo talked about the efforts being done by the PSC like the construction of new mess halls for the national team, both in Manila and Pasig.  She also updated everyone about the refurbishment of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosting. 

“Without the Rizal Coliseum and the Baseball Stadium, we have a conservative estimate of P2 Billion for RMSC,” according to Frivaldo.  It will be recalled during the height of talks on possible selling of the land where the RMSC stands, the National Historical and Cultural Commission declared said facilities of historical importance thus it cannot be touched without the the NHCC’s permission.

In the said masterplan, two athlete dormitories inside are set to be renovated. Ramirez shared that the rehabilitation of the dormitories will be done “to make them fresh and new despite the old situation of the Complex.”

Atty. Frivaldo is confident that construction will start “definitely for this year.” 

With these developments, Ramirez expressed his hope that the coming improvement in sports facilities and equipment will be reciprocated with “better performance from our athletes in the 2019 SEA Games.”

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