By Jerome s. Galunan Jr.
After hosting many national and international competitions, the 40-year-old Paglaum Sports Complex in Bacolod City will finally get a facelift.
This was revealed by Angel “Nonong” Verdeflor, provincial sports coordinator, during a recent press conference.
According to him, the provincial government’s plan to renovate the said sports facility will further strengthen the sports hosting capability of the province. If restored, it will serve as alternative venue to Panaad Park and Stadium, particularly for football competition.
“Our Panaad pitch has been suffering from unrested condition after hosting non-stop football tournaments. With the restoration of the Paglaum facility, it will give our Panaad Stadium some time to rest,” Verdeflor said. “Aside from the football field, we are also planning to refurbish our tennis, basketball and volleyball courts,” he added.
On the other hand, Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella welcomed the development saying this will further boost the city and the province’s sports tourism road map.
Puentevella, who also serves as FIFA’s Marketing and TV Committee director, said he will find a way to help in the rehabilitation of the facility given that it’s more accessible to the public during events.
“I will try to ask how FIFA could help in restoring this historical sports complex,” he added.
The city chief executive also said that he will ask Gov. Alfredo Marañon if the province will allow at least 200-meter rubberized tracks in Paglaum to serve as alternative training venue for athletes in the athletics events.
“Though it’s just a 200-meter tracks, but (it is) good enough to help train our short distant athletes in preparation for higher events like Palarong Pambansa,” he said.
Right after Paglaum Sports Complex was established in 1970’s under the late Gov. Alfredo Montelibano Jr., it played host to the Palarong Pambansa in 1971, 1974 and 1979./
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