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Is next Pacquiao in QC? Joy Belmonte eyes building sports academy to find out

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Mayor Joy Belmonte plans to build a sports academy to discover potential athletes who could rival the talent of Senator Manny Pacquiao in boxing or represent the country in international contests.

Belmonte said the creation of a sports academy is part of her push for the revival of Quezon City’s sports program

“Bubuhayin natin ang nauna nating plano na palakasin ang sports program ng siyudad upang mailayo ang ating mga kabataan sa tukso ng ilegal na droga,” she said.

Belmonte said President Duterte’s push for the creation of a National Academy of Sports for High School students during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an ideal complement to the city’s sports development plan.

“Masaya tayo’t suportado ni Pangulong Duterte ang paglikha ng isang akademiya para sa sports, na malaki ang maitutulong sa ating hangaring mapalakas ng sports programs sa ating siyudad,”she said.

During her stint as vice mayor, Belmonte, as the presiding officer of the Quezon City Council, led the passage of a comprehensive sports code, including a sports program for the youth in communities and schools.

Belmonte has requested Vice Mayor Gian Sotto to certify the passage of the comprehensive sports code as urgent so it can be implemented as soon as possible.