Zambia to build three stadia for 2011 All-Africa Games

The Zambia government is planning to construct three modern sports complexes ahead of the 2011 All-Africa Games which will be held in the southern African country.

The government is now inviting through the Zambia National Tender Board (ZNTB) eligible consortiums to submit bids for construction, which will be closed up to March 31, local media reported Tuesday.

ZNTB director general David Kapitolo was cited by Times of Zambia as saying the three stadia would be located in the capital Lusaka, industrial town Ndola, 360 km north of Lusaka, and the tourist capital Livingstone in the Southern province, respectively.

Kapitolo said all three complexes would have outdoor and indoor sports facilities for athletics, basketball, cricket, rugby, table tennis, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming as well as auxiliary infrastructure like shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.

The stadium in Lusaka will be capable of holding 70,000 persons while the other two are expected to have a seating capacity of 50,000 each, he added.

The project, however, is faced with the problem of fund shortage. President Levy Mwanawasa recently said the government does not have the resources to put up new sports stadia in the country and urged the private sector to get involved in the construction of the sports facilities.

The president said government was keen to see the facilities built up quickly on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

In April 2005, Zambia earned the right to host the 2011 All-Africa Games, which are the biggest multi-sport event in Africa held every four years.The 2007 games will be hosted by Algeria.

Source: Xinhua

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