By Neto Baptiste
Laying of the Mondo surface earmarked for the YASCO Sports Complex could commence as early as next week.
This is according to Minister of Sports, Daryll Matthew, who said the US-based company’s qualified technician is due to arrive here on Sunday after which, work is set to recommence at the facility. Matthew also sought to debunk reports that adhesive to be used in the laying of the surface have expired.
“The inspector from Mondo came a few weeks ago, he did an inspection of the adhesive, he did an inspection on the rubber that is to be placed on the surface and he confirmed that it is all still in good condition, and so I don’t know where that rumour would have started. What I can also say is that the technician from Mondo is also arriving in Antigua on Sunday [March 16] to start laying the track,” he said.
The government completed civil works at the track and field facility several weeks ago and have been awaiting the arrival of a Mondo technician whom the company insists must be on hand for the laying of the surface. Work on the track commenced in July of 2018 and has continued since then.
Matthew also addressed the ministry’s newest initiative as it pertains to the provision of travel wear for all national teams representing Antigua and Barbuda abroad, clarifying that the gesture comes at no cost to the associations.
“There is no cost to the national associations because that is a cost that has already been borne by the Ministry of Sports simply because we believe that as ambassadors of this country, traveling to represent Antigua and Barbuda, they ought to be uniformed and properly attired, and that should not be the responsibility of the national associations who may all have different interests and different tastes,” he said.
At least one body, the Antigua and Barbuda Swimming Federation (ABSF), has already benefited from the travel wear initiative.