Leyte to recruit,
spend on athletes for championship caliber training
Media Relations Center
November 19, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – A
comprehensive sports and education program is cooking up for Leyte
through a good recruitment and training program that would scout
potential athletes from different places in the province.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said to improve the provinces’, and subsequently the
region’s, standing in national sports competition, there is a need to
implement a good recruitment program that would provide championship
caliber training for athletes with potentials.
The governor further
bared this would be a comprehensive sports and education program where
the recruited athletes would simultaneously train and attend school at
the expense of the provincial government.
“This would be very
expensive but if it’s the only way to do it, then we have to pursue
this option,” Gov. Petilla said.
The pool of athletes
who would be recruited under this program, it was learned, would be
housed in one place where they would attend sports trainings under
professional trainers and coaches and at the same time complete their
school studies supervised by the Department of Education.
The vacated rooms and
spaces at the former Leyte Colleges adjacent to the Leyte Sports
Development Center is being eyed as the area where these athletes can
be housed for their training and studies complete with the provision
of the appropriate training gears and an athlete’s nutritional diet.
Meanwhile, the Leyte
Sports Development Center, site of the Palarong Pambansa 2009, would
be the training ground for these players, the governor added.
Sports being eyed for
the training program are athletics and swimming that carry most of the
medal haul during sports competition.
swimming comprise more or less fifty percent of the total medal tally
in a sports competition such as Palaro, so these are the sport we are
going to give focus first,” Gov. Petilla said.
With an improved pool
of athletes, the governor added, the province and the region can
improve it medal finish in national sports competition such as the