Work on the reconstruction of the Athletics and Football Stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s is likely to commence towards the end of the year or early 2014.
The work will be financed by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) under an agreement signed by former Sports Minister, Patrick Simmons under the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Tillman Thomas.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Veda Bruno-Victor and Deputy General Manager of China State Construction Company, Meng Chao last Friday signed an additional agreement for the restoration work
on the multi-million dollar project which is expected to last 20 months.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Senator Sheldon Scott and Chinese Resident Ambassador Ou Boqian witnessed the signing of the new agreement, which was done at the Ministry of Works Conference Room at the Ministerial Complex.
According to Sen. Scott, the signing ceremony is the culmination of a lot of background work that has been done, and it was a moment that was looked forward to for a long time.
He said the young people of Grenada have been looking forward to the restoration of the stadium that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan nine years ago.
“One of the things that would have affected our young people in the worse way would have been after Hurricane Ivan when they saw the destruction to the athletic stadium,” he added.
Sen. Scott said while the facility was still being used, it was not the best place to have the athletes running.
The Government Minister commended the Chinese government for its continued effort in looking after the interest of the people of Grenada
Ambassador Boqian said the PRC has always placed great importance on the bilateral relations it established with Grenada in 2005.
The Chinese Ambassador indicated that the signing ceremony also marked a big day for both countries.
She said since taking up her ambassadorial post in Grenada earlier this year she saw how much Grenadians looked forward to the athletic stadium being rebuilt.
The female envoy promised that her government will try its best to do what it can to try to help the government and people of Grenada in seeing the fruitful construction of the stadium.
She said she believes China State Construction Company can do its best to provide a suitable stadium,
Deputy General Manager of China State Construction Company, Meng Chao who spoke to Reporters through an interpreter said some restoration work will first be carried out.
He added that the original areas that are still useful will be kept, and those that are in bad shape will be demolished.