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The rooms, track oval and otherfacilities for sports are readily available at the Iloilo Sports Complex. “Wejust need manpower and maybe other materials,” Palabrica said, as the provinceneeds to hire coaches and sports experts to man the academy. Iloilo has produced various sportsicons, such as basketball players Kris Ann Pingol of Pototan, Ronald Tubid ofOton, and Danny Basilan of Passi City; volleyball player Lutrel Bugna of Pavia;and high jump queen Alexi Mae Caimoso of the Iloilo National High School. (With areport from PNA PN) ILOILO – The provincial government is exploring possibilities to establish asports academy and training center to hone the skills of potential Ilonggo athletes. Palabrica said Iloilo is home topotential athletes in track and field, javelin throw, long jump, and high jump,among others. The province will provide the athleteswith allowance, free board and lodging, educational assistance, book, anduniform allowance, among others. The sports academy and training centeris being considered to be located at the Iloilo Sports Complex in this city’sLa Paz District. The academy aims to recruit athletesfrom high school and the tertiary level as Palabrica said Iloilo Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. wanted home-grown athletes to improve through the help of theprovince. Provincial Board member Matt Palabricaof the third District, with officials of the Department of Education (DepEd)–Iloilo and the Commission on Higher Education, among others, recently convenedfor the proposal. The Iloilo Sports Academy and TrainingCenter is eyed to operate by 2021. “Upon consultation, we have planned tohave a consortium with different state universities and colleges to accommodateour athletes for them to be trained by our academy and at the same time, theycan attend school so as their ambition to become professionals will not behampered,” he said.