Ayub Stadium still not ready to host National Games in April


Quetta :-Pakistan’s National Games are less than two months away and this year’s hosting city – Quetta is up for a challenge to ready their stadium for the upcoming event.

The 33rd National Games, which is scheduled to start from April 22 to 29, will include various games. Men will be participating in 33 games and women athletes will be competing in 22 different games. Over 7, 000 athletes and their coaches from all across Pakistan are expected to participate in this event.

On the other hand, the hosting city Quetta has still not prepared the stadium for the event. If the administration fails to complete the restoration of Ayub Stadium, the event will be shifted to another city.

Ayub Stadium’s football ground is still missing its pavilion and looks barren without any grass.

Running track, hockey ground, volleyball, tennis and squash courts have not been renovated and no work has been done so far.

Squash court still unprepared for the upcoming National Games which will be held in April

For cycling there are is velodrome nor has there been any construction initiated for a swimming pool.

Pakistan’s Olympic Association sent a team from Islamabad for the inspection of the stadium. The team were displeased by the management’s work.

Speaking to Dunya News, the inspection team said that they hoped the construction and renovation would be completed in time adding that it already suffered major delays. They added that this time it was Balochistan’s turn to host the games, and that should materialise.

For renovations Rs. 710 million, and for the other expenditures such as lodging and transport of the athletes Rs. 300 million were allocated.

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