UM inaugurates new oval track
The University of Mindanao formally inaugurated its 400 meter rubberized oval track yesterday, the first Olympic standardized oval track in Davao city, with officials pegging it as the facility that will bring more national and international sporting events to the city.
Starting its construction in May last year, the more than three hectare structure constructed at the back of UM’s Matina campus is a huge aid to the government in providing facilities for the development of student-athletes in the country, said Philippine Sports Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, who was one of the guests at the inauguration.
“The government can only do so much. With the help of the private sector, especially in building sports facilities, it is always welcome and with the realization of this project, PSC’s job will be to assist in coming up with events,” said Maxey in an interview at the sidelines.
The Olympic standard rubberized oval track also features amenities for sports like standing and running broad jump, shot putt, discus and javelin throw, pole vault, soccer, and football.
Architect Ruben Erickson, from UM’s Physical Planning and Special Projects Office said however, more developments are underway for the sports facility, beginning with the construction of a nearly 2, 000 person capacity grand stand.
“We already have the schematic design for it,” he said, and added that in the future, there will also be facilities like an Olympic-sized swimming pool and areas for volleyball and beach volleyball as well.
UM President Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr in his address to the guests, which included PBA Party list Congressman Jericho Nograles, Councilor Rene Elias Lopez, Councilor April Marie Dayap, Holy Cross of Davao sports director Rudy Salvador, and City Sports Director Mikey Aportadera, as well as officials from the university, said the facility was the realization of a dream to be able to provide Davaoenos with international standard sporting facilities for training or for leisure.
“We want in the future to develop Olympic caliber athletes from Davao,” said Dr. Torres.
Those interested to use the rubberized oval track may coordinate with UM’s Sports Office through its director, Joaquin ‘Boy’ Sarabia.