Press Release
December 15, 2010


As the Philippine national football team, also known as the "Azkals" have made waves in the Asian football scene, Senator Edgardo J. Angara reiterated his call for the creation of the Philippine Sports University.

"To fully develop Philippine sports, we must be creative and pro-active in our approaches. By creating a national sports university, we can give athletes from all over the country the best training in their field," he asserted.

The Azkals complained of a lack of training facilities and resources--which is unfortunately an all too common scenario in the world of Philippine sports.

According to Angara, this upsurge of interest in international sports highlighted our nation's shortcomings in terms of training and developing our athletes.

"We can see that the Philippines is lagging behind its neighbors in Asia in the area of sports development. The football teams from Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are showing amazing progress resulting from the prioritization of their countries' sports programs.

"As ambassadors of goodwill and symbols of national pride, Filipino athletes deserve more attention from the government. Their innate skills and talents should be nurtured to create opportunities for them in the international stage," he said.

Senate Bill No. 48, "An Act Creating the Philippine Sports University, and for Other Purposes" was filed at the beginning of the 15th Congress. It was referred to and is now pending in its committees after the first reading.

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