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Solomon Islands’ first-ever regulation-size futsal court
The construction of multi-million dollar multi-purpose hall futsal stadium in Solomon Islands will commence soon in Honiara following the formalization of a contract financing grant worth USD$7.5 million was made by the Republic of Indonesia.
The construction will be the Solomon Islands first-ever regulation-size futsal court. Once construction of the Futsal Multipurpose Courts complex is completed it will be handed to the National hosting Authority by December 2021.
The facility which would also play host during the Sol2023 Pacific games will be built at the KGVI-Panatina Sports complex alongside the main stadium (funded by the Chinese Government), aquatics and tennis complexes.
A statement from the National Hosting Authority said that the stadium contractors from Indonesia construction firm PT Wijaya Kara (WIKA) majority owned by the Indonesian Government, were recently in Honiara to oversea detailed planning and pre-construction works ahead of the actual commencement of the construction.
Sol2023 NHA Chairman Dr. Jimmy Rodgers acknowledged the Indonesia Government’s support towards this much-needed piece of infrastructure and described this project as a game-changer.
Mr. Rodger also confirmed that his office has already received the funds and that the project implementation is already well ahead.
The MP Futsal stadium is a single complex that will house three court areas capable of playing futsal, basketball, netball, volleyball, and facilitate other sports.
The complex itself is over 5800 sq. meters and features 6 changing rooms, a conference area, and permanent retractable seating for over 1500 people. The hall itself could potentially hold over 4000 people in different seating areas.
Wika country Manager Abdur Rachman said this project is an important project here in the Solomon Islands.
“WIKA has now taken steps to accelerate the delivery of the hall by 2021. The constructors are working on a 12 month time frame where the project is expected to complete in 2021,” said Rachman.
During a nation-wide address, the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this when he said the National Hosting Authority has completed the Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) clearance on the main venue for the facility to be built. He said geotechnical surveys are also being undertaken on site.
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The Solomon Islands Prime Minister added that the UXO clearance on the site for the SIFF 2023 Academy is also currently being undertaken.
“The process to secure environmental assessments, development consent and building permits are in progress,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has also highlighted the positive developments achieved so far in the first 6 months of 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said all the venues for the 24 sports have been finalised.
a. a brand new 10,000 seater stadium, a 50-metre swimming pool, 5 tennis courts, a new practice track and field, a hockey field, a multipurpose hall and a 1,200 square metre office block. All these are funded by the Peoples Republic of China.
b. Construction of a brand-new Futsal Multipurpose court complex funded by Indonesia.
c. SIFF 2023 Soccer Academy incorporating two soccer fields, an outdoor futsal court, beach soccer and beach volleyball, an office complex and a 50-bed dormitory funded by Papua New Guinea and other partners.
d. The Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports jointly funded by the government and development partners.
e. The HCC multi-purpose hall, the Maranatha hall, and the Honiara Golf Club will also host several events and
f. The water sports will likely be at the DC Park just east of the eastern end of the Henderson Airport runway.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the design team from the Peoples Republic of China, will arrive in Honiara in the middle of August to finalise the design discussions.
“The design and tendering process are being fast-tracked to ensure construction commences no later than 1st May 2021,” he said.
The last facility is expected to be handed over to Government no later than June 2023.
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