Clark eyed as Philippines’ premier sports hub

CLARK FREEPORT – Officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) have presented to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III the proposed Clark Star Center, which is geared to transform the Freeport into the country’s premier sports training center and amusement hub.

CDC President Felipe Antonio B. Remollo said the Clark Star Center, also known as the Clark Sports Training Amusement and Recreation Center, was presented to Japanese investor during the President’s state visit in Japan on September 26.

During the state visit, Remollo had asked Japanese traders to fund the Clark Star Center, which will be established in a 200-hectare area at the Northeastern portion of the Freeport.

Remollo said he had already met with businessmen in his visit to Yokohama and Tokyo cities in Japan early September, and they expressed interest in investing at the Clark Star.

Remollo said the Clark Star will have various facilities for water sports such as wakeboarding, rowing, water skiing, parasailing, kayaking, dragon boating and jet skiing.

It will be built near the Sacobia River for the water sports.

It will also have world-class facilities for basketball, baseball, swimming, tennis and soccer.

Remollo said dormitories for athletes, sports academy and training ground will be provided since the Clark Star is geared to be a training center of national athletes.

Remollo said he had presented his plan to the Philippine Olympic Committee and its president, Jose Cojuangco Jr. who “liked it (his plan) very much.”

Remollo said hotels, villas, condominiums and a commercial area will also rise at the Clark Star to attract tourists to stay in between and after competitions. The residential and commercial area will be completed by a nature and theme park.

In the plan, the CDC wants to create a monorail link system allowing people to travel around the center.

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