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E6 million for Mavuso Sports Centre

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By Bodwa Mbingo - WEEKEND OBSERVER-12-Sep-2009

SPORTS – Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hlobsile Ndlovu has revealed that E6 million has been set aside for the upgrading of the Mavuso Sports Centre ahead of the Under 20 Zone VI Games, which the country will be hosting next year

This venue, which was used for the first sporting events this year during the annual Swaziland International Trade Fair and partly for the recently held Confederation of Southern African Schools Sports Association (COSASSA) Games for basketball, is part of the hosts of other venues that the country is earmarking to use to stage these prestigious games next year.

Besides the Mavuso sports centre, another venue that is set to get a facelift and which the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development has endorsed is the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) Kwaluseni campus where facilities like the tennis courts, netball courts, volleyball will be refurbished and a swimming pool that will be up to Olympic standards will be built.

The Mavuso sports centre has been earlier declared a white elephant after it was discovered that for instance, it has six instead of eight athletics lanes, something that was clearly not of international standards. Interview by the Weekend Observer Sports Desk yesterday, the Minister mentioned that the E6 million that has been reserved will amongst other things, be used to add the lanes in the athletics synthetic track and upgrade the swimming pool, which also has less than eight lanes that are uniformly used internationally.

“The Mavuso sports centre is one of the venues earmarked to be used for hosting the Zone VI Games next year and about E6 million has been set aside for its upliftment to meet the standards set for hosting such games. Amongst other things to be considered here are the running track lanes and the swimming pool lanes to be added to meet the international standards,” she explained

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