11 Mar 2008

Cooks cabinet approves stadium for 2009 mini games

2:38 pm on 11 March 2008

The Cook Islands government has now approved the construction of a multi-million US dollars sports stadium to host the Pacific Mini Games.

The administration has earlier signed an application for a 10 million US dollars Chinese loan to cover the cost of building a stadium for the games to be held in September next year.

There was concern over a lack of consultation with sports people and the high maintenance cost of the stadium.

The Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, says they have addressed these issues and given the project its final go-ahead.

"The cabinet has approved the sports people here that we're going ahead with the construction of the sports building. It's really up to the Chinese company that's going to do the construction, but [it'll be] possibly in June."

Jim Marurai says sporting events will cover parts of the maintenance costs, while the sports ministry will also contribute towards them.