PSC, La Salle sign new MOA for track oval construction back in RSMC

THE Rizal Memorial track oval is back to its rightful owner – the national athletes.

This, after, the new leadership of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) came out with a win-win agreement with the De La Salle U administration regarding the handling, maintaining and ownership of the historic athletics venue.

“We’re happy to announce that La Salle already agreed to review the memorandum of agreement (MOA) it’s signed with the PSC then under chairman Harry Angping,” said PSC Executive Director Dina Bernardo.

Bernardo said sport commissioner Jolly Gomez, tasked by chairman Richie Garcia to handle the controversial issues, met officials of the La Salle and agreed to scrap some provisions in the Angping’s MOA.

Under the new agreement, throwing events in athletics such as javelin, hammer, shot put and even the high jump and pole vault and long jump event would allow to use the football field, although La Salle still agreed to finance the refurbishing of the area.

“Our track athletes, specially those in throwing events can now return in the oval and start resume their training. La Salle approved the used of the field for the throwing events,” said Bernardo.

From the original synthetic grass earlier agreed upon by DLSU and Angping, contructor will now used the carabao grass, instead.

A month before he left PSC, Angping hurriedly approved the constructions of the Rizal oval even without the approval of the DLSU management and in the process, deprived the national athletes, particularly the ‘GTK Army’, to train in the historic area as part of their preparation for the Asian Games in Guanzhou, China slated Nov. 12-27.

Athletics is chaired by Go Teng Kok, a staunch critic of Angping.

The team forced to train in ULTRA and newly constructed University of Makati.

“Sinabi ko na sa inyo na ang La Salle ay walang masamang intensiyon dyan sa MOA. Ito lang si Angping (Harry) ang wala kasing alam sa sports at walang damdamin sa mga atleta kaya minadali na sirain ang track oval,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco.

He lauded the DLSU management for kind understanding and strong support for the athletes well being.

Bernardo said the construction of the track oval is expected to complete midway of January.

“Kaya malaki pa ang chance ng ating mga atleta na mag-training in time for the Jakarta SEA Games,” she said.

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