The National Open track and field championships may have to look for another venue next year following the planned rehabilitation of the football field at the Rizal Memorial stadium.
Following the conclusion of the annual event Sunday, work is expected to start immediately for the renovation of the football field to meet international standard.
That means the elimination of the field for long jump, triple jump, pole vault and throwing events.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and La Salle University have signed a memorandum of agreement for the P8-million rehabilitation of the football field.
''How can we promote football if we don't have a field that meets international standard? With the generous help of La Salle, we can now have a world-class football field,'' said PSC chairman Harry Angping who shelled out P500,000 from his own pocket for the undertaking.