As part of the local sports development plan, the City Government of Muntinlupa formally inaugurated the state-of-the-art Track and Field Oval, envisioned to be the breeding ground of future world-class athletes.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi unveiled the inaugural marker during the blessing ceremony at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Brgy. Tunasan on April 19 together with local officials and Long Jump Queen of the Philippines and Heptathlon Champion Elma Muros-Posadas.
The local exec said that the infrastructure project will benefit local athletes and will hone their skills to be equipped for national and international competitions. Fresnedi commits to support Muntinlupeño athletes through the development of sporting facilities in the local Sports Complex and other programs.
Further, heptathlon champion Muros-Posadas lauded the City Government for constructing the Track and Field Oval as young athletes will now have an optimal place to train.
“Naoverwhelm ako…nagpapasalamat ako sa Muntinlupa dahil may ganito na (Track and Field Oval). Dati kailangan pang bumiyahe papuntang Ultra Complex o kaya delikado dahil nagpa-practice sa kalsada, pero ngayon meron na dito,” Muros-Posadas added.
The former Track and Field national athlete urged student-athletes and local coaches to persevere and do their best as form of gratitude for the efforts of the local government to construct world-class sports facilities.
Also joining the event were School Division Superintendent Carleen Sedilla (CESO V), Coun. Ivee Arciaga Tadefa, Coun. Atty. Raul Corro, Coun. Louie Arciaga, Coun. Allan Camilon, Coun. Arlene Hilapo, Coun. Metong Sevilla, Mr. Jedi Presnedi, and Ms. Rachel Arciaga.
Designed by City Architect Don Causapin, the Muntinlupa Track and Field has an eight-lane 400m international standard oval with a lot area of two (2) hectares. The sporting venue has a warm up lane, soccer field, provision for control room, area for long and triple jump, shotput, javelin throw, discus throw, water jump, and provision for bleacher buildings.
Recently, the City Government has also inaugurated the Muntinlupa Aquatic Center, the first indoor Olympic-size swimming pool in the country, in celebration of the city’s 27th Founding Anniversary.
Mayor Fresnedi said the “world-class” facility is an investment of the city for the training of Muntinlupa athletes who will participate in national and international sporting events.
“We value the youth and athletes of Muntinlupa so we invest in facilities that will help them become champions in their respective fields,” Fresnedi said.
The Muntinlupa Aquatic Center is also designed by Arch. Don Causapin and caters to water sports such as Swimming, Water Polo, Artistic Swimming and others programs including Water Safety Training and Competition, Scuba Diving Pool Session, Swim and Survive Programs and PE programs.
The Aquatic Center is part of the Muntinlupa Sports Complex Development Plan. The local sports complex is envisioned to be a “sports tourism center” in the country.
Meanwhile, Muntinlupa will also host the 2022 Badminton Asia Championships at Muntinlupa Sports Complex from April 26 until May 1.
Top shuttlers from Asian countries will participate in the competition in a bid to raise their Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking. This is the country’s third time to host the Asia Championships since 1961 and 2001.
It can be noted that Muntinlupa also hosted the Badminton event of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The above information was sourced from an official press release. Some parts were changed for this website.
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