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Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda has said he is optimistic that two sports projects under construction in Lilongwe will be completed on time ahead of the Region 5 Games.

Chimwendo Banda made the remarks after inspecting the Griffin Saenda Indoor Sports Complex in Area 48, near Bingu National Stadium, and Aquatic Sports Complex in Area 17 at Kamuzu Institute for Sports to appreciate construction progress of the two facilities.

“We, as government, will make sure that funds are available for completion of the projects. We are satisfied with what has been done. The quality of work is good and there is also great commitment from the contractors,” Chimwendo Banda said.

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The two facilities will be used for hosting the Region 5 Youth Games slated for December 2 to 11 in Lilongwe, where about 10 countries are expected to take part.

China Railway 20 Bureau Limited is constructing the Indoor Sports Complex.

Chief engineer for the company, David Dahlmann, assured government that the facility would beat the deadline.

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“The facility will be ready to host the games by September. We are working hand in hand with government to ensure that the facility is completed on time,” Dahlmann said.

Once completed, the Indoor Sports Complex, will have state-of-the-art courts for sporting disciplines such as netball, basketball and volleyball.

The Indoor Sports Complex is being constructed with funds from the Malawi Government amounting to K7.7 billion.

The Aquatic Sports Complex at Kamuzu Institute for Sports is being constructed by China Civil Engineering Corporation.

Details indicate that the first phase involves construction of 25m long training swimming pool, new covered stands, rehabilitation of existing stands, double storey VIP wing and social service block.

In addition, the first phase will also have GYM/ conference hall, block fence, turnstile entrance, water tower, mechanical and electrical works and external works.

President Lazarus Chakwera launched construction works at the two facilities last year.

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