Contractors chosen as YASCO renovations progress

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There has been substantial movement in the refurbishing of the country’s lone track and field facility, the YASCO Sports Complex.
This is according to the country’s sports minister, Daryll Matthew, who said a contractor has won the bid for the works associated with the preparation for and laying of the track at the facility located opposite the Christ the King High School on Old Parham Road.
“The waiver of tender for the contract to be issued for all of the civil works [has] been prepared and submitted. I believe it may have already been approved but don’t put me on the record for that one. It [the contract] is to go to C.O. Williams who have done other tracks across the region with Mondo and so when Mondo visited a few weeks ago, they met with the other engineering companies capable of providing the work and that was done,” he said. 
The renovating of the facility has undergone several postponements with the most recent being a sluggish pace of the civil works required before the laying of the track.
According to Matthew, however, the project will be completed before the end of the year.
“The track itself, meaning the surface, is under production with Mondo and so they have assured us, if my memory serves me right, I think it is by October that they will have everything in place and they expect the civil works to be done as well,” he said.
Athletes have long complained about the condition of the track at the facility. Coupled with its dilapidated state, the surface was uncertified by the sport’s world governing body, the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
This meant that times recorded at the facility are not recognised by the IOC, leaving athletes at a disadvantage when seeking to qualify for some regional and international meets.

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