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Cebu to build multi-million gym: Para gumaling atleta

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Cebu is looking to produce world-class athletes with the construction of a P20-million multipurpose gym in Cebu City.

The provincial government expects the gym to be completed in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Lahug in Cebu City within the year.

“The budget for the project was already approved by Gov. Hilario Davide III. The multipurpose gym will be utilized for the athletes’ training aside from using it as a venue for Capitol activities,” said lawyer Ramil Abing, executive director of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission (http://www.cebu.gov.ph/news/planned-p20m-multipurpose-gym-seen-boost-unified-athletes-training/).

Abing said the the facility is as big as two basketball courts and can hold trainings for basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and weightlifting.

He added this seeks to address the lack of facilities for athletes from Cebu province to undergo a unified training.

Presently, he said he has talked to the engineering office for the design.

Construction is due to start in the middle of this year, he added.

The CPSC has been proposing to have a unified training for athletes so they can be easily monitored and assessed by coaches.

Meanwhile, Abing also said they are addressing problems in conducting training and clinics in the towns for some sports such as swimming and football, due to the lack of venues.

For now, he said that if several towns requested a training for swimming or football, they would group them into a cluster and bring their athletes and swimmers to the city where venues are available.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t excel this year with all the support that we have given to the Department of Education (DepEd) and to our athletes,” he said.

For this year, the Province allocated P10 million for its CVIRAA delegation, which is P2 million higher compared to 2017.

In a related development, he said Cebu can improve its ranking in this year’s Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (CVIRAA) from Feb. 24 to March 1 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

Last year, Cebu province bounced back from the 2016 edition of the CVIRAA but fell short of claiming the title.