GIS - 07 December, 2018: The total costs of renovation works being carried out at the different sites for the forthcoming Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019 amounts to some Rs 605 million. The aim is to provide both local and international athletes with proper sports infrastructures and ensure that the games are conducted in the most favourable and best conditions possible.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, made this statement during a site visit effected on 05 December 2018 at the different IOIG 2019 competition sites, to take stock of progress achieved as regards ongoing renovation works. The sites are namely Vacoas Sports Complex, New George V Stadium in Curepipe, National Badminton Centre in Rose Hill, Beau Bassin Complex, Serge Alfred Swimming Pool in Beau Bassin, and Germain Comarmond Stadium.
The estimated costs for renovation of the sites are as follows: Vacoas Sports Complex - Rs 58 million, New George V Stadium Curepipe - Rs 93 million, National Badminton Centre in Rose Hill- Rs 29 million, Beau Bassin Complex - Rs 35 million, Serge Alfred Swimming Pool in Beau Bassin - Rs 64 million, and Germain Comarmond Stadium - Rs 121 million.
Minister Toussaint highlighted that the gymnasiums and sports infrastructures were not in a good state given that no renovation works had been carried out for the past 15 years.
The works, he outlined, include the construction and renovation of new changing rooms; the replacement of flooring; the upgrading of plumbing, electrical and fire fighting installations; landscaping works; construction of VIP lounge; painting; and roofing, amongst others. He also highlighted that the works which started in October this year, are on schedule and are expected to be completed by May 2019.
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