20 Jun 2016 15:00pm
OMARURU, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - The mini Olympic stadium currently being constructed at Omaruru is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The N.dollars 3 million facility is located at an area south of the Omaruru River. The project started with groundworks and fencing in 2010.
The stadium will provide space and equipment for the annual Omaruru Olympics Day celebration, which promotes young talent and encourages participation in sports.
The Secretary-General of the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC), Joan Smit confirmed to Nampa on Saturday that following some delays, the project will soon resume.
Because Omaruru did not have a fully operational council for almost two years, we could not continue with the project. But this year we can finish it as the council is now in full order, Smit said.
She explained that a meeting between the NNOC and the municipality is expected this month to map the way forward.
The facility is funded by the NNOC and the municipality on a 50-50 basis.
We have already spent N.dollars 2 million on levelling the ground, fencing and buying equipment such as balls, poles and goalposts, Smit told Nampa.
She said the stadium will have an athletics track and basketball, netball, soccer and volleyball courts.
It will also feature an 'Olympic Africa Centre' aimed at promoting local talent. But we also want to include a garden and a space for local people to make and sell crafts, Smit noted.
Omaruru mayor Hendrina Gebhardt confirmed that the stadium will be completed this year.
She noted that the annual Olympics Day celebration for Omaruru, which will be hosted at the news stadium once completed, markets the town locally and internationally.
The celebrations also provide an opportunity for locals to sell products.
The mayor said the event attracts many people to Omaruru and newspaper articles written on the event are seen online, which promotes the town.
Events like this are very important for our town as it also attract investors, she said.
Smit spoke to this news agency on the sidelines of the 2016 Olympics Day celebration at Omaruru.
More than 300 people participated in and attended the one-day event.
They participated in tennis, football, netball, volleyball, basketball and boxing.