FRANCIS Zamora bared plans to build a sports complex in San Juan with the goal of producing an Olympian from the city as part of his comprehensive sports program if he gets elected mayor.
Zamora, former La Salle Green Archers team captain in the late 1990s and incumbent vice mayor who will be challenging Guia Gomez in this year’s elections, said that his planned multi-storey sports complex will help inspire and develop athletes from San Juan that could be future national players and, hopefully, Olympians.
“We are currently developing a comprehensive sports program that would mine the athletic talents of San Juanenos, the next Manny Pacquiao and James Yap could be among them, to be able to take them to the Palarong Pambansa, Asian Games, and eventually the Olympics,” said Zamora.
Zamora said he wants the youth of San Juan to experience the benefits of sports the same way he did during his time as an athlete.
“We have a lot of sports programs in the barangays. Nakita ko kung paano ‘to nakatulong sa buhay ko. Gusto ko rin maranasan ng kabataan ‘yung naranasan ko bilang isang player. Nakita ko kung ano ‘yung naitulong nito sa buhay ko at sana makatulong din ito sa kanila,” said Zamora, who also has former PBA cager Paul Artadi in his ticket running for councilor.
Zamora, who also played for Welcoat and Montana in the Philippine Basketball League, said sports is very instrumental in his life even after he gave up his basketball career to become a private citizen and eventually a public servant.
“It will instill discipline physically and mentally. ‘Yung disiplina, natutunan ko sa pagiging basketball player — gigising ka ng maaga, ensayo ng tatlong oras. Nadala ko ‘yun hanggang ngayon. You have to set priorities,” Zamora said.
Zamora also plans to hold more sports events in the city particularly in the Pinaglabanan Shrine where a beach volleyball court could be erected, and can be a race course for running and biking events.