New sports facility to be built

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – The Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) has announced plans to build a multi-purpose sporting facility in an effort to help boost sport on the island.

Public Relations Officer Mavis Williams said the facility could begin with a 400-metre track surrounding a football field.

The DOC executive member told a news conference on Thursday that all that is needed is the involvement of the authorities.

“DOC would simple need ten acres of land leased to it by the government and it will secure international donors,” Williams said.

“We have already sighted land at Warner area ideally suited for track. It offers altitude, abeyance, no congestion and clean air.”

Williams says the plan is for the track to be used throughout the year by inviting teams to an “environmentally friendly habitat for athletes and football.”

The PRO says that the DOC will support athletes interested in using the facility as long as they demonstrate a positive attitude towards developing their career in sports.

“DOC will also intervene through national associations like the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association and give direct support to bright prospective athletics” Williams said.

“Those athletes, however, must have the right mindset, attitude and appreciation and temperament to be able to access that facility,”

The DOC has already approached officials of the high performance athletic facilities in Jamaica to explore the possibility of training elite athletes at the facility.

Williams also said the DOC would like to see other sporting activities such as cycling; archery and swimming thrive in Dominica.

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