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Sports loss

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 24, 2014

THE Fiji Sports Council has revealed it is not making any money at all from some of its sporting facilities.

Council chairman Peter Mazey told Times Sport some of their facilities have been making huge losses.

He said with the start of the new year and the re-appointment of CEO Litiana Loabuka, they were going to take on a new direction.

"We have to look along a more commercial focus to ensure we maintain our properties," Mazey said.

"It's going to be an extremely challenging year for us financially.

"We have a number of facilities that never make any money. They have huge losses."

Mazey said the Damodar City Aquatic Centre, Lawaqa Park and Thomson Park were three major facilities that have suffered losses.

"One of them is the Aquatic Centre which is quite sad considering the number of drowning cases we've had in Fiji.

"But a 50m and a 25m pool are very expensive things to operate.

"We have a problem at Lawaqa Park, where we need to get costing for the removal of the roof and its replacement."

Last weekend, a soccer match scheduled to be played on Thomson Park was moved to Ratu Cakobau Park because the ground was in an unplayable condition.

"Thomson Park makes a loss. It floods all the time and it's very hard to maintain.

"The flooding changes the make-up of the ground and like Lawaqa Park, it used to become like concrete after flooding.

"So, the three grounds that are not making any profit are Rakiraki, which floods badly, Lawaqa Park which now floods once or twice a year and Thomson Park, which floods very often and badly."

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