China may construct new stadium for Grenada

first_imgNewsRegional China may construct new stadium for Grenada by: – December 2, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 5 Views   no discussions Flag of Grenada. Image via: mapsofworld.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — China has indicated an interest in constructing a new track and field stadium in Grenada.This was hinted by Chinese ambassador to Grenada, Xu Jianguo during the recent signing of the second phase of technical cooperation for the cricket stadium.In reiterating China’s commitment to Grenada’s development, Xu indicated that a Chinese technical team, expected on the island before the end of the year, will make a determination on the best option.The Grenada government has been criticised for its tardy response in rebuilding the facility, which was partially destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.However, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports, Patrick Simmons said that projects like these call for tremendous resources and planning, noting that efforts were made as early as 2008 to reconstruct the stadium facility. Simmons expressed appreciation to China on behalf of the government and people of Grenada.“Based on preliminary discussions there are indications that the Chinese may demolish the track and field and football stadium and rebuild a new facility,” Simmons said. The new facility will include 8,000 permanent seats and an additional 2,000 temporary seats which could be relocated to other playing fields around the island.He said that the existing facility will be unavailable for cultural and sporting activities including the annual Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships when construction work starts in the New Year.“The safety of the athletes and spectators are paramount so a determination has to be made on the best possible venue to accommodate these championships,” he said.The Grenadian minister also joined Ambassador Xu in signing the handing-over certificate of first phase of the technical cooperation agreement. The first phase included the treating and repainting of the metal structure of the stadium as well as the training of locals on maintenance of the facility.The second phase which will be for a period of two years will include the lighting of the cricket stadium as well as ongoing maintenance.Xu also handed over some computers to the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sports.Caribbean News Nowlast_img

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