Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for more sports facilities in villages to develop future sports stars at the grassroots level.
Angara noted that the tiny city-state of Singapore has produced an Olympic gold medalist when swimmer Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly event of the recently concluded Rio Games.
Singapore has integrated its sports facilities in its spatial plan, such that it has a swimming pool and gym for every five tower blocks, he said.
“It’s a lifestyle. That really means imbibing a lifestyle down to the barangay (village) level,” the senator said.
The people’s health is also a factor in his agenda to push for grassroots sports, he added.
“Many people are succumbing to lifestyle diseases. We see a lot of 40-year-olds dying from heart disease, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases,” he pointed out.
“We will have a healthier citizenry if we have sports facilities at the barangay level. That should be one emphasis going forward,” he said.
Angara was recently named chairman of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the national sports association for basketball.