QEII sports complex closed indefinitely

9:46 am on 4 March 2011

The QEII sports complex in Christchurch, which was badly damaged in last week's earthquake, is closed indefinitely.

The venue, which includes an athletics arena and a pool complex, is frequently used for training and local athletics events.

It also hosts the New Zealand Academy of Sport and its elite athletes programme.

Access roads to the complex are cracked and the car park and bus stop are being used as a shingle dump for road repairs.

Christchurch City Council's recreation and sports manager, John Filsell, says no date has been set for an engineering assessment.

All other council sports facilities are also closed, he says.

The council will let tenants know of any progress in a week, Mr Filsell says, but recreation has zero priority in the current emergency and staff have been redeployed to welfare centres.

Academy of Sport acting chief executive Selwyn Maister says up to 50 elite athletes are now scattered around the country so they can use training facilities elsewhere.

From what he has seen, he says, a new running track laid in December is buckled while the main track is affected by sand from liquefaction.