Sports centre of an international standard to be built in Marsa at an investment of €9m
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Report: Glen Falzon
The first tenders have been issued for work to start in Marsa to develop a sports centre which will be of international standards. The Government will be investing €9 million, with Sports Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima saying that these facilities need to be ready within another three years, in time for the Small Nations Games which will be held in Malta.
60 tumoli of land in an area next to the athletics track in Marsa will be transformed into a new state of the art sports centre. The investment includes the building of the first gymnastics centre, a squash facility and the restoration of a building from the British era which will be turned into offices and a restaurant. The project includes the building of offices for the rugby, netball and baseball federations.
The CEO of SportMalta, Mark Cutajar, said that the plan is for the project to be completed within the next two years so that Maltese athletes can have a place to train for the Small Nations Games which will be held in Malta in 2023.
“The squash facility is important for us, especially for these Games because this is one discipline where we are expecting medals and with it we will also have the weight lifting facility and a fitness centre which will be for the use of all Maltese athletes,” he said.
Sports Parliamentary Secretary Grima, said that this project will fit right in with the strategy of the Government for the country to attract a new tourism niche.
“As a country we are capable of hosting events of an international nature and therefore I want to stress the importance which sports has when it comes to sports tourism.”
Dr Grima said that within the next few weeks more investments in other sports disciplines will be announced, including in athletics.