Oct 24, Colombo: Repairs to Sri Lanka's major sports venue, Sugathadasa Stadium will be completed within a month, the Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage has assured.
The Sports Ministry earlier this month decided to close the stadium for a period of one month from October 15 to November 15 for maintenance due to the damages to the track.
The Minister has immediately ordered the officials to contact the contractor, a local agent of the German company GmbH & Co KG, IM Hengstfeld that laid the synthetic track last year.
The stadium was renovated urgently in early 2012 at a cost of Rs. 113 million to host the 15th Asian Junior Athletics Championship which was held from June 09 to 12, 2012. The new blue Alsatan synthetic track received the approval of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) to host international athletics meets.
The Ministry said the contract to lay the track was handed over to the lowest bidder saving Rs.160 million, which was earlier estimated for Rs. 273 million. The tarmac has a five-year guarantee.
However, just three months after the track was laid, the stadium had to be closed to repair damages to the track.