Duterte signs law establishing National Academy of Sports

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10)— President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill establishing the country’s first National Academy of Sports.

His spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed the development on Wednesday, a day after Republic Act No. 11470 was officially approved.

The newly-inked law will pave the way for the creation of the NAS in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

The academy will be mandated to craft and implement a quality secondary education program, which will highlight a special curriculum in sports for the students. World-class training facilities will likewise be available for aspiring athletes.

The NAS will be attached to the Department of Education, which will also be in close coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission.

“We consider this a good follow-through to our country’s hosting of the 2019 South East Asian Games, where the Philippines emerged as the over-all leader in the medal tally,” Roque said in a statement.

“We are confident that we will be able to raise our student-athletes’ competitiveness in the field of sports and produce world-class athletes in the years to come,” he added of the measure, which was signed in Davao City.

Senator Win Gatchalian, one of the bill's principal authors, first broke the news on social media, saying the law will strongly benefit young athletes.

Duterte, in his last State of the Nation Address, already said he will be supporting the move to create the sports academy for secondary level students.