GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The construction of a warm-up pool at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal, will ensure that Guyana will comply with international standards, enhancing its capacity to host internationally- sanctioned swimming events. This view was expressed by minister of culture, youth and sport Dr Frank Anthony as he toured the construction site with the media last week.
The minister urged the contractor to complete the work within the scheduled date of March 2014, and the media to work in partnership with his ministry to keep the general public informed about the progress of the project, situated a few meters west of the main swimming pool.
The pre-fabricated 25 metre by 21 metre pool will be assembled by Myrtha Pool Company at a cost of US$258,000 after the base and other ancillary works are completed by a local contractor. Myrtha Pool was recommended by FINA, the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronised and open water swimming.
The preliminary works, which cost $37.5 million are being executed by D&F Construction Company and supervised by Innovative Engineering Consultancy Services (IECS). Consultant and supervisor Deoraj Dalchand said that the locally contracted works began on September 15 with the removal of several pipelines, and excavation of the site commencing on September 23. The new pool is being constructed on a concrete strip foundation which has been deemed to be adequate given the size of the pool. All of the materials needed for the project are currently on site along with heavy-duty equipment.
Director of sport Neil Kumar, of the stakeholders involved in the monitoring of the project, said that alternative arrangements have been made for training of swimmers. They will use the pools at Colgrain House and Castellani House until the project is completed. The training of competitors in the Inter-Guiana Games which take place in Suriname, in two weeks, has been shifted to the aforementioned pools.
The Aquatic Centre is the brainchild of former President Bharrat Jagdeo who saw the need to improve local sports using modern facilities.