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Mauritius envisages to become a Sports Hub of renown in the Indian ocean, says Prime Minister

Date: February 21, 2018
Domain:International Relations; Youth & Sports
 

 

GIS  22 February 2018: Mauritius aspires to becoming a sports hub of repute in the Indian Ocean with a major transformation into modernising the sports landscape with state-of-the-art infrastructure that will eventually position the country as a reference in the region in line with Government’s strategy as outlined in the Vision 2030.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, expressed the intent yesterday during the laying of foundation stone of the Multi-Sports complex project at Cote d’Or amidst other eminent personalities.
The Multi-Sports complex project, highlighted the Prime Minister, which will be used to host the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games in 2019 is a first of its kind to accommodate such amenities of international standards. To the tune of around USD 80 million which is approximately Rs 3.1 billion, with financial assistance amounting to Rs 2 billion from the People’s Republic of China, the complex will not only be the centre of sporting activity in Mauritius but also a flagship for sporting achievement and training across the East-African and Indian Ocean region, added the Prime Minister.
He further underpinned that the facilities will be designed and planned to the highest international standards and are expected to become a catalyst for sporting achievement from across the country. Accordingly, he underlined that the sports activities to be undertaken at Cote d’Or are expected to inspire people of all ages and communities to get involved in sport, fitness, and healthy lifestyle programmes.
Prime Minister Jugnauth also spoke of the elaboration of a National Sports policy for Mauritius which will eventually help boost the sports sector bringing it to new heights. On this score, he pointed out that a letter of award has already been submitted to an international firm for recommendations and proposals. He further dwelt on the longstanding relations between Mauritius and China whereby he expressed his gratitude to the Government of China for its continuous financial and technical support in several fields ranging from education, infrastructure, financial services to agriculture among others.
For his part, the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Mauritius, Mr Sun Gongyi, underscored that the Multi-Sports complex project which will be entirely under the Mauritian supervision is a testimony of the remarkable cooperation between the two countries. He stressed on the very close and more than privileged cultural and economic ties between China and Mauritius which has been constantly strengthened and nurtured over time and reiterated China’s continuous assistance to Mauritius.  
Cote d’Or Multi-Sports complex project
The project to be built over 53 acres of land at Cote d’Or to the tune of Rs 3.1 billion is expected to be completed by July 2019 for the forthcoming Indian Ocean Island Games in 2019.  The complex will include a multi-sport stadium, an athletic track and multi-sport arena providing basketball and volleyball courts, with facilities for boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling, yoga, and gymnastics. It will also include a swimming arena with Olympic size pool, diving facilities and training pools.
The state-of-the-art facilities have been designed and planned to the highest international standards and will provide venues for matches, competitions, and championships. Other amenities will consist of extensive training and outreach facilities and programs.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org

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