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Government keen on completing sports projects

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe

Government has said it is optimistic that construction of two sports projects –Griffin Saenda Indoor Sports Complex and Aquatic Sports Complex – will beat deadline.

The Indoor Sports Complex is being constructed in Area 48 near Bingu National Stadium whereas the Aquatic Sports Complex is at Kamuzu Institute for Sports (KIS) in Area 17 in Lilongwe.

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A visit to the two sites showed the contractors have made steady progress.

In an interview Friday, Director of Sports in Ministry of Youth and Sports Jameson Ndalama said he was confident that the projects will beat completion deadline.

“We are impressed with the progress of work on both projects. It is our hope that both projects will be completed on time and ready for use for the Games next year,” Ndalama said.

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The projects, which are among government’s priority sports projects, have been earmarked to host the 2022 Region 5 Games.

Once completed, the Saenda Sports Complex will have state-of-the art courts for netball, volleyball and basketball.

Netball Association of Malawi General Secretary Isaac Chimwala said the construction of the sports complex is the beginning of new chapter in Malawi.

“Malawi is one of the best netball teams in the world but we lack facilities of international standards. But now it is good that government is constructing the best facility in Lilongwe,” Chimwala added.

The facility is being constructed with funds from government estimated at K7.7 billion whereas the construction of the swimming pool and its auxiliary facilities will cost K8.2 billion.

The first phase of Aquatic Sports Complex involves construction on 50 metres long international Olympic Swimming Pool and 25 metres long training swimming pool, new covered stands, rehabilitation of existing stands, double storey VIP wing and social service block.

Additionally, the first phase will also have gym, conference hall, fence, turnstile entrance, water tower, mechanical and electrical works and external works.

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