Cebu to establish Sports Park at SRP
(The Freeman) - June 1, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — If Cebu City will be declared as champions in the Philippine National Games (PNG), half of the prize will be allotted to develop the Sports Park at the South Road Properties (SRP) prioritizing the skateboarding activities.

Mayor Tomas Osmeña said that some of the P10-million prize will be given to the athletes, but most of it will be used in developing the Sports Park.

"We're doing the preliminary plans already but we are going to prioritize skateboarding," Osmeña said in an interview.

He said there is a massive demand for a skateboarding area from the youth.

"My priority is what will make the most number of people happy especially the youth," he said.

Osmeña added that there will be other things to consider like football fields and others.

He also said that skateboarding is a good way to keep the kids active and away from drugs.

It can be recalled that last Tuesday, May 29, RauellYgot, a netizen, posted an open letter addressed to Osmeña about the achievement of Cebuana Margielyn Arda Didal who placed fourth in the biggest skateboarding competition of the world.

In the letter, Ygot stated that it is not easy to be competing among the best female skateboarders of the world considering that Cebu has no skate park.

"While we know that not everyone understands and are into this sport, unlike basketball, the local skateboarding scene is proud of what our fellow Bisaya has achieved. It's no easy feat to be competing against the top female skateboarders in the world, considering that Cebu is one of the places with NO SKATEPARK. Because of this, we hope you can take the time to acknowledge Ms. Didal's achievement and consider putting up park as well," read a portion of Ygot's post.

Osmeña said that the construction of the skateboarding area will be started immediately. — Shainna Marie O. Edullantes, CNU Intern/GAN (FREEMAN)

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