GIS - 16 July, 2019: The multi-sports complex is an infrastructure that will serve as an iconic landmark in the Côte d’Or skyline and demonstrate Government’s objective of promoting sports and physical activities. Government is already working on a business model so that the sports complex can generate its own revenue and, in the long run, become a sports city.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, yesterday, during the official inauguration ceremony of the Côte d’Or multi-sports complex in presence of Ministers, Members of Parliament, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of China in Mauritius, Mr Gong Yufeng, and other personalities.
Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that this project, to the tune of Rs 4.7 billion, which has benefitted from financial assistance of Rs 1.8 billion from China and a loan of Rs 875 million from Saudi Arabia, has been completed in a relatively short time despite its magnitude and one of the priorities of Government, he added, remains the speedy implementation and completion of projects in the designated timeframes. He expressed his conviction that this multi-sports complex will soon be recognised as a pole of excellence in sports in the Indian Ocean and will help achieve the goals set out in the National Sports and Physical Activity Policy.
The Côte d’Or multi-sports complex, recalled the Prime Minister, comprises an Olympic stadium with a seating capacity of 15 000, a modern football pitch in compliance with FIFA standards, an athletics track with covered stands and a capacity of 3 600 spectators, an aquatic centre that can accommodate 1 500 people, a swimming pool to Olympic standards, and a multi-sports gym that can host disciplines such as basketball, volleyball, karate, taekwondo, judo and handball, among others. The complex, being a flagship for sporting achievement and training across the east-African and Indian Ocean region, will also be used as a hub for education and entertainment, thus having an impact on the socio-economic activities of the country, he added.
For his part, Mr Gong Yufeng said that this project, which will promote and develop the sports sector in the country, is the collaboration between the Chinese and Mauritian Governments. He also reiterated China’s commitment in helping Mauritius in its social and economic development.
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