LOOK: SEA Games skate park, BMX track race against time

Beatrice Go
Organizers hope to finish the SEA Games skate park and BMX cycling track before the sporting events kick off on December 3

 

FIXING UP. Officials claim the street park is set to be completed on Wednesday, November 27. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines – Construction of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games skateboarding and BMX cycling venues looked set for a photo-finish in Cavite, where Filipino Asian Games champions Margielyn Didal and Daniel Caluag aim to flash their winning moves. 

Tagaytay City boasts a brand new Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-regulated BMX track and a skate park for the street and park events will be up, but the extreme sports complex still awaits some finishing touches. 

Rappler visited the site on Sunday, November 24, just over a week before the skateboarding competition kicks off on Tuesday, December 3, and the BMX events on December 9.

According to Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines president Monty Mendigoria, the skateboarding venues are expected to be fully completed by Wednesday, November 27. 

Rappler also visited the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Arena in Pasig City over the weekend and found the venues in similar states of renovation.

 

Skate park street

FINISHING TOUCHES. A worker paints the edges of the skate ramp. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

MEDAL HOPES. Last year's Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal hopes to prove her dominance with a SEA Games gold in the street event. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

Skate park bowl 

 

SPECTATORS ENTRANCE. The stairs leading  to the spectators area are still being constructed. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

PARK EVENTS. The skateboarding venue for the park events is ready for use. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

RAIN PROOF? Puddles of water can be seen in the spectators area after the rain. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

BMX cycling track

 

EXTREME SPORTS. The spectator area and the BMX track still looks rough. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

START POINT. The BMX track flaunts a big starting point for the race. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

DANGER ZONE. The tech booth still has scaffoldings. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

 

– Rappler.com 

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.