SENATE OFFICE, Manila, December 18, 2010- Senator Edgardo J. Angara reiterated his call for the creation of the Philippine Sports University as the Philippine national football team which is tagged as the “Azkals” has made waves in the Asian football scene.
The Senator said the importance of creativity and pro-active approaches in the full development of the Philippine sports where he sought to create a national sports university to give athletes nationwide the best training in their field of specialization.
Recently, the Azkals complained the lack of training facilities and resources which are unfortunately the common scenario in the world of Philippine sports wherein Angara upsurge of interest in international sports highlighted the country’s shortcomings in terms of training and developing Filipino athletes.
“Filipino athletes deserve more attention from the government. Their innate skills and talents should be nurtured to create opportunities in the international stage,” he said, giving examples to the football teams from Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia who are showing amazing progress resulting from the prioritization of their countries’ sports programs.
In this connection the Senate Bill No. 48-An Act Creating the Philippine Sports University, and for Other Purposes was filed at the beginning of the 15th Congress and was referred to and is now pending in the committee after the first reading. (Jason de Asis)