EDITORIAL: Private sector role in sports

The University of Mindanao (UM) has just inaugurated its Olympic standard rubberized track oval which is the very first of its kind in Davao City.

With the track oval in place, Davao City’s long-overdue athletics facility is now in place paving the way for the city through UM to host major sports events requiring a standard track oval and football field. For a long period of time, Davao City has been avoided by organizers of major sporting events because it does not have an Olympic standard facility. As compared to other cities much smaller than Davao but already with exisiting sports complexes, Davao City has yet to see a sports facility fit to hold big ticket sports events like the Palarong Pambansa and the PRISAA.

UM’s resolve to build its own sports facilities (it has earlier built a FIBA standard basketball gymnasium) is a testament to the importance of private sector support to sports development. Aside from UM, Davao City is lucky to have schools like Ateneo de Davao University, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Holy Cross of Davao College and Jose Maria College which have built sports facilities of their own which could host major regional or national sports events as well.

That is what you call the power of private sector participation.