New Clark City Aquatics Center is now accredited by the International Swimming Federation FINA as a world-class swimming pool facility for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.
Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) President Lani Velasco submitted the papers regarding the huge development of the facility to FINA officials last Sunday here in the country. The accreditation for the swimming pool has been completed ahead of the SEA Games which starts on November 30 to December 11.
Some parts of the Aquatics Center still need a bit of work to be finished but the swimming pool area and the bleachers are already prepared for the big event, said Velasco.
“It needs just a little bit more of finishing touches but the place is ready, the venue—the Aquatics Center—is working. The venue is ready.”
However, the Aquatics Center will be used beforehand, as the competition for Philippine National Swimming Championships happens this month of September.
PSI takes the competition as its gauge in choosing the swimmers who will be completing the team for the regional games.
“We’re still coming out with the selection maybe on Sept. 10 or 12.” said Velasco.
“You’d be surprised with the results come December, but we do have a lot [of] swimmers with potential.”
Velasco also mentioned that the final national team then will stay at the Athletes’ Village month before the Games.
The committee for the 30th SEA Games this year wants to prove that the event will be the biggest in the history of the biennial event.
Fifty six sports will be witnessed in this massive competition, carrying the slogan of “We Win as One,” said the SEA Games Federation Council committee president Ricky Vargas.
Velasco strongly believes that there will be a home court advantage for the Filipino athletes in this regional event as the country will be hosting it.
“Hearing the crowd cheering for you while you’re swimming for your country, there’s always a home court advantage this SEA Games.”