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Venues are still not ready for SEA Games

Venues are still not ready for SEA Games

With just six days remaining for the South Asian Games, some of the sporting venues are still not ready and are unlikely to be completed before the opening day.

At Satdobato, the swimming pool and the squash covered hall are both major concerns as they are unlikely to be ready before the Games begin.

On Monday, workers were still busy cleaning the floor of the swimming pool and only half of the roofing works were complete.

The fencing and the ironworks for the stand are incomplete while the finishings for the changing rooms, including the doors and lights, have yet to be installed.

Heaps of debris still need to be removed from outside the swimming pool building.

Swimming will account for the most gold medals, at 38 individual golds, out of 26 events in the Games.

The old squash facility will host the game at Satdobato, as the new adjoining facility will not be ready in time.

Out of four old courts, two of them are ready and the other two will get ready by Wednesday, according to coach Hira Bahadur Thapa, who was training players at the now-renovated old facility on Monday morning.

Dhruba Acharya, coordinator of the sports venue management committee, said the new facility would be ready before the Games but would be used as a practice venue. But coach Thapa was not so sure.

“I don’t think the new court will be ready before the Games,” he said.

Dashrath Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, is also still under construction but is likely to be ready in a few days time.

Half of the roofs and chairs have yet to be installed at the VIP parapet.

Garbage needs cleaning up and the changing rooms need to be completed.

The room that will accommodate the media centre also needs a coat of paint.

However, National Sports Council Member Secretary Ramesh Silwal expressed confidence that all things would be ready by Wednesday.

“In the worst-case scenario, everything will be ready by Wednesday and we will make announcements through a press conference on Thursday,” said Silwal.

“We have already started treating the water and the heating process. The pool will be ready for swimming on Wednesday.”

The swimming pool would be filled with water by 1pm on Tuesday, he said.

The Kathmandu Post/ANN

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