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Budget 2014 Highlights: Fostering a Winning Sports Culture

Date: November 13, 2013
Domain:Economy & Finance; Youth & Sports
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - November 13, 2013:    Sports is ingrained in the national Mauritian culture and promoting its development is one of the priorities of Budget 2014.
 
Main measures
 
  • Introduction of a New Sports Act to accompany the development of sports into the next decade. This Act will give impetus to the practice of sports by the masses and enable high-level athletes shine in international events.
 
  • Increasing the allowance to High Level athletes by 5%.
 
  • Increasing the number of students under Sports Etude, from 70 in 2011, to 450 in 2014.
 
  • 35 overseas scholarships for High Level and other promising athletes.
 
  • An “Annual National Handisport Tournament” where athletes with disabilities will showcase their talents and also prepare for international competitions.
 
  • Revival of traditional football clubs with appropriate and adequate safeguards to ensure their national representativeness.
 
  • Rs 10 million to establish a “Semi-Professional Football League” to regroup all the best players in the country.
 
To bring football and other sports facilities closer to the population, Budget 2014 is providing Rs 387 million for the following projects:
 
-      Rs 46 million for the construction of 4 new football grounds at Anse Jonchée, Bassin, Belvedere and Glen Park.
 
-      Rs 57 million for the upgrading and lighting of existing football grounds in another 12 localities.
 
-      Rs 10 million for the setting up of football, volleyball and basketball pitches at Vallée Pitot, Phoenix, Rose Belle and Cite Atlee.
 
-      Rs 250 million for the construction of two new Multi Sports Complex at Triolet and La Source.
 
-      Rs 24 million for the upgrading of the Maryse Justin stadium.
 

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: infserv@intnet.mu Website: http://gis.gov.mu

 

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