Skate parks expected in Cainta and Cebu after skateboarding gold in Asiad

September 26, 2018 - 3:33 PM
Margielyn Didal of the Philippines embraces Kaya Isa of Japan. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Fans of streets sports in the Philippines are excited about plans to build a skate park in Cainta, Rizal.

Cainta City Mayor Kit Nieto posted on his Facebook page the design plans for the “One Cainta Skate Park” on Sunday.

While he did not elaborate on other details of the project, some residents were pleased with the idea of creating a space for the city’s skateboarders, an idea which have already been previously lobbied for.

The clamor to elevate the sport of skateboarding has been heard since the gold medal victory of Margielyn Didal in the 2018 Asian Games’ first ever skateboarding competition in August 2018.

The 17-year old Didal in interviews after her victory discussed how she wanted skateboarders to get more support and recognition.

She recalled being chased by police and security personnel when she and her friends would skate in public places and being denied entry in a mall for bringing her skateboard with her.

Among the first leaders to pledge their support in helping Didal’s dream for skateboarding come true was Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña.

Responding to messages asking for the city government’s support for the sport in the wake of Didal’s triumph, Osmeña on his Facebook account announced that his family would be donating money for the construction of a skate park in the city.

Following its introduction in the Asiad, skateboarding is set to make its debut as an olympic sport in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The mechanics and qualification requirements for the event are foreseen to veer away from the mechanics of already long-running streets sports competitions such as the X Games.

Didal, already a veteran of various international street sport meets prior to her Asiad victory, has confirmed that she is eyeing to represent the country once more in the 2020 Olympics’ skateboarding competition.