By Estrella Z. Gallardo
Wow! Wow! Wow!, all the local media, tourists could utter reaching the New Clark City, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines, alighting from the Clark Service Bus directly heading to the Aqua Center for Aquatic Competitions.
As observed by us and described by Engr. Jerico Bondoc, Project Officer and Mr. Gary Calibog, Communications Officer of BCDA (Bases Conversion and Development Authority), the three swimming pools are of international sports standard, including the Sports Center, Housing Center, a first in PH: SEA Games Athlete’s Village and other facilities required of an Sports Training and Competition structures of the world class standard.
Philippines is ready to host 56 sports in the 30th SEA Games to be held at different clusters on the duration of the SEA Games with Clark City as the main hub.
The SEA (South East Asian) Games will open on November 30, 2019 at the Philippine Arena in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
Clark Cluster will take care of the Athletics, Aquatics, Diving, Swimming, Water Polo, Archery, Rugby Sevens, Dance Sports, Golf, Arnis, Sambo, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball, Shooting, Obstacle Course Sports, Lawn Bowls, Petanque, Wakeboarding, Judo, Jujitso and Kurash.
Subic Cluster will play the Canoe/Kayak, Dragon Boat, Sailing, Windsurfing, Chess, Muay Thai, Table Tennis, Pencak Silat, Beach Volleyball, Beach Handball, Sepak Takraw, Triayhlon, Duathlon, Aquatics (Open Water Swimming), and Modern Pentathlon.
Manila Cluster will do the Rowing, Squash, E-sports, Billiards Sports, Weightlifting, Taekwondo, Boxing, Karatedo, Fencing, Kick Boxing, Football, Soft Tennis, Tennis, Underwater Hockey, Beach Volleyball, Indoor Volleyball, Basketball 3×3, Basketball 5×5, Ice Hockey, Figure Skating, Artistic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Bowling, Badminton and Wushu.
Batangas, La Union and Tagaytay will manage the Cycling (BMX/Road/MTB), Polo, Skateboarding, Football, Surfing, Netball, Floorball, and Indoor Hockey.
This year’s games will also debut the E-Sports tournament as a new medal event. The Philippines Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) entered into a partnership with the gaming hardware company. Razer, to officially recognize E-sports as a medal sports. The line-up of E-Sports includes Suncraft 2, Dota 2, Mobile Legends, Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Tekken 7 and NBA 2k.
BCDA introduced new device to boost Filipino athlete’s performance. BCDA with partner MTD Philippines, Inc. introduced the Smartracks-a tracking technology that documents performances of athletes real time.
Smartracks, the first of its kind in athletic performances racking technology, enables athletes and coaches to improve their training by recording vital data on team and individual performances. Its automated timing system will help athletes monitor their progress and adapt their training more efficiently.
This new facility eliminates the need for manual tracking by instantly providing information in our athletes and coaches.
Spenters at the demonstration were a belt with a sensor to accurately measure their speed, number of footsteps and length of every step on each sprint.
This new facility will soon be used on the Athletics Stadium in New Clack City, and is expected to benefit hundreds of athletes during the games.
“The year’s a big year and so we need as many measurable metrics as we can get to chart our progress, PATAFA Head Coach Rohsaan Griffin said. PATAFA is the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.
BCDA President and CEO Vicencio Dizon said that Smartrack can inspire the athletes to perform their best during the South East Asian Games.
“We want the best for our athletes so this new state-of-the-art facility is an added value to the world class infrastructure were developing in new clark city, “Dizon said. (Philippine Press Club, Inc. (PPCI))