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NIGERIA PROMISE TO BE READY FOR 2003 ALL-AFRICA GAMES

The capital city of Abuja was made host last year despite having no facilities for major sporting events.
Amos Adamu, Nigeria’s director of sports development, told a meeting of Association of African Sports Confederations in Abuja that construction of the facilities was going “faster than planned”.
“We can categorically say that everything for the Games will be ready by December 2002. We awarded the contract for construction of a new stadium and athletes village in August and the pace of work is very impressive,” Adamu said.
Firms from Germany, France and China were awarded the $40 million contract to build the facilities for the Games.

Abuja, named Nigeria’s capital in 1991 to replace a congested Lagos, took over the Games’ hosting flag from the South African capital city of Johannesburg, where the seventh edition was held last year.
Adamu, while unveiling a masterplan design of the facilities to conference delegates, said everything will be a “state-of-the-art sporting facilities”.
“There’ll be an ultra-modern stadium with a 60,000 all-seating capacity main bowl and a Games village to house around 10,000 athletes and officials,” he said.
“The village will have amenities like an Internet Cafe, amphitheatre, hospital, a shopping mall, travel agency and bank.”
An aquatic centre, a velodrome for track cycling, a gymnastics dome and a multi-purpose indoor sports hall will be built within the stadium complex, said Adamu.
The All-Africa Games, with at least 5,000 athletes from 50 participating countries and competing in 20 sports disciplines, are the next biggest after the Olympics.
Reuters