Bowling, figure skating could be included in top collegiate leagues in the future, says former World Cup champ
Figure skating backers hope to discover more talent like Michael Martinez to carry the country's colors in international competition. Jaime Campos

ORGANIZERS of figure skating and bowling events in various levels, from age-group to pro, plan to hold intercollegiate competitions this time and believe the two sports could make it to the top collegiate leagues in the future.

CJ Suarez, senior manager for business development in sports of SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., said that the process of having new sports added to collegiate league programs will not be easy.

“It’s a tedious process but we can push for it,” said Suarez during the PSA Forum on Tuesday at Shakey's Malate.

“Kailangan within three years consistently merong participation ng schools or universities in that particular sport bago mabigyan ng recognition ng UAAP or NCAA yung mga programa,” he added.

SM Sports also launched this year a sports development program for ten-pin bowling, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey.

“It is very integral that we have a collaboration with the NSAs (National Sports Association) so we’re working closely with the Philippine Bowling Congress for our bowling programs, and for figure skating and speed skating, we’re closely coordinating with the Philippine Skating Union,” Suarez said.

“Now for ice hockey naman, we’re just on our final processing stage, mag-la-launch na din po yung NSA for the Hockey Federation,” added the former bowling champ.

The program intends to increase awareness of the sports in order to create opportunities and possibilities for the public.

“We are in charge of creating bonding memories for families and friends. Aside from that, what we really want to focus on is to develop yung mga sports na medyo akala mo leisure but can actually become serious sports that we can send athletes in the international arena, too,” said Stephanie Henares, PR and advertising manager for SM Lifestyle Entertainment.

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