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Start ’em young! Win Gatchalian backs creation of high school for athletes

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Senator Win Gatchalian is certain that the establishment of the Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) will be “a crucial step” for the development of sports in the grassroots level.

The proposed school will be built at New Clark City to develop future generations of Filipino athletes through physical education and sports development subjects.

Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, is eyeing the rollout for the proposed PHSS in 2020.

“Marami tayong mga mahuhusay na mga manlalaro at may nakahanda na tayong mga magagandang pasilidad na magbibigay sa kanila ng world-class training,” he said.

“Pagkatapos ng SEA Games, maaari nang gamitin ang mga pasilidad na ito para sa pagsasanay ng ating mga atleta,” he added.

He urged all stakeholders to sustain their support for Filipino athletes as the Philippines claimed an “overall championship finish” at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

In 2005, the Philippines was also the overall champion when it bagged 113 gold medals.

For the 2019 SEA Games competition, the Philippines garnered 149 gold, 117 silver and 119 bronze medals.

This year’s biennial meet is considered to be the biggest SEA games held with 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues across the country.

There were over 2,000 athletes who competed for the country.

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