9 Oct 2007

Cooks Games chief says proposed stadium will be a long term legacy for country

7:06 pm on 9 October 2007

The CEO of the 2009 South Pacific Mini Games says the building of an indoor sports centre in the Cook Islands will be a long term legacy for the country.

China is offering a grant of around US$4 million for a Chinese construction company to build a multi-sports complex for the games.

The Finance Ministry is strongly advising cabinet against the move, saying maintenance costs will be too high.

The CEO of the South Pacific Mini Games 2009, Bim Tou, says the stadium will be well used, and a lot of positives will come out of the facility that will last beyond the mini games.

"You're looking at least at about 10 to 11 sports [which] will utilise this proposed indoor stadium. It's going to be user pays rather than free entry usage of this facility. That's been factored in the business plan...It's going to be a long term legacy for the Cook Islands, so these can be used as multi purpose for sports and culture activities."

Bim Tou says he hopes a clear and positive outcome can be decided by cabinet soon.