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Vanuatu opens new sports stadium

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

PORT VILA - Monday saw the official handing over of the new Korman Stadium Complex from the Chinese Government to the Vanuatu Government.

It took the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) 15 months to complete the whole of Korman Stadium Complex.

With an estimated cost of around Vt3 billion (F$0.057b) worth of sports equipment, facilities, manpower and equipment used to build the facilities, the small stadium project for CCECC was officially handed over by Ambassador Liu Quan to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

Before the official handing over CCECC came out to publicly announce that they will be maintaining the stadium for the duration of 2018, and at the same time provide trainings and technical assistance to Vanuatu on how to maintain the complex.

"The project formally commenced in July 2016, and there were some questions whether the project will be completed in time," President of the CCECC Zhao Dian Long said.

"However with the strong support from the Government of China, Vanuatu and Van2017, we worked through the problems and obstacles, with Chinese and Ni Vanuatu workers working 24/7, we managed to finish the stadium within the time frame."

"My ministry is very proud to have this sporting facility to be able to host the Pacific Mini Games," Minister of Youth and Sports, Seule Simeon said.

"My ministry has already developed a legacy plan for the stadium."

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai made an important remark after thanking the Chinese Government for the huge help in building the new Korman Stadium.

"Now with only a month left, the new Korman Stadium will not only help run the games but it will also increase Vanuatu's revenue in sports tourism as we now have a world-class stadium."

The prime minister urged all the government ministries and Van2017 to put their hands together and ensure that the Pacific Mini Games showcase what Vanuatu has to offer to the world.

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