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January 20, 2021

New High Performance Centre of Excellence

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Between October and November of last year, Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko, promised to help fund a new high performance sports centre with assistance from the government.

Yesterday, in an interview with EMTV Sports, Director of the High Performance Centre of Excellence (HPCE), Aaron Alsop, said he was informed and aware of the funding for the new facility, saying actions speak louder than words.

The development of athletes training towards the recent Pacific Games established a stronger focus on athletics.

Athletes were given the opportunity to train on home soil, through the High Performance Centre of Excellence (HPCE).

After the Pacific Games, athletes and the HPCE management were asked to use the 2015 Pacific Games facility temporarily, while they waited for the New High Performance Centre of Excelllence to be built.

In a recent interview, Tkatchenko said funds of K30 million were made available and the designs had been approved, but the delay in the progress was finding a suitable contractor and that the project was also out for tender for interested companies to apply.

Meanwhile, DirectoAlsop, in an interview yesterday, told EMTV, that While waiting for the new HPCE building, which will be built at the Sir John Guise sporting precinct, athletes, coaches and sporting associations are asked to use the facilities at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centre.

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