Cebu City Sports Cen­ter’s facelift

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Al­most four years af­ter a group of con­cerned jog­gers started a pe­ti­tion, the rub­ber oval of the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter fi­nally got a much- needed P40- mil­lion re­place­ment of its tracks, first laid in 1994. The facelift al­lowed Cebu City to host the Prisaa Na­tional Meet in April 2012. It also paved the way for Cebu to be con­sid­ered as host of the matches in­volv­ing the Philip­pine men’s foot­ball team, more pop­u­larly known as the Azkals. Aside from host­ing friendlies, the Philip­pine Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion now has big­ger plans for the sports cen­ter, like host­ing the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion Chal­lenge Cup qual­i­fiers in 2013. But it’s not just star ath­letes who are en­joy­ing the newly re­ha­bil­i­tated fa­cil­i­ties; on early morn­ings and af­ter 5 p. m., as well as week­ends, hun­dreds of jog­gers and walk­ers avail them­selves of the city’s largest sports venue, ex­er­cis­ing their right to a health­ier life­style.

( SUN. STAR FOTO/ ALEX BADAYOS)

MORE THAN A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. A main­te­nance em­ployee of the Cebu City Sports Com­plex paints the stairs lead­ing to the urn as the com­plex, built for the Palarong Pam­bansa in 1994, un­der­went re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ahead of the Prisaa Na­tional

Games in April 2012.

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