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$5M To Rebuild Govind Park

  About F$5 million is the cost to rebuild Govind Park and fix damages with the facilities surrounding it along with the Fiji Football Academy in Ba due to Tropical
04 Mar 2016 12:43
$5M To Rebuild Govind Park
FIFA New Zealand Development Officer Shaun Easthope (left) and Daniel Jang (second from right) with Fiji FA President Rajesh Patel and CEO Bob Kumar at Govind Park, Ba yesterday. Photo: FIJI FA MEDIA

 

About F$5 million is the cost to rebuild Govind Park and fix damages with the facilities surrounding it along with the Fiji Football Academy in Ba due to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel met with Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) New Zealand development officer Shaun Easthope yesterday who is here to assess the damages at sporting facilities and the Fiji Football Academy.

“We are looking at around close to FD$5 million worth of damages and to rebuild, if you look at the structure and everything, Govind Park is almost 40 years old as it was built in 1976,” Patel said.

“This is something that we need to also take in to account that by rebuilding it, it will need to meet Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards and insurance standards.

“It was a very good visit from FIFA and they are really concerned about the damages done by Cyclone Winston and with their help we hope that FIFA comes up with funding that we need to rebuild Govind Park and the facilities around it.

“We hope for a positive end result but we thank FIFA for coming out with their concerns to look at the damages.”

“What we expect from FIFA is basically for them to help with the rebuilding of Govind Park so that football can be enjoyed by a variety of people around Fiji.

“Govind Park has a lot of football history and we hope to continue this football legacy at Govind Park.”

Meanwhile, FIFA New Zealand development officer Shaun Easthope said FIFA would stand by Fiji FA, but before they could provide funding, strategic planning was needed to make sure funds are being used appropriately.

“The purpose of the FIFA Development Offices which is based in Auckland, is to not only serve the region but to find ways to help improve football in the country,” Easthope said.

“Now one of the recommendations from FIFA is to support Fiji FA, to complete a strategic planning process.

“That process is about is making sure that we are absolutely crystal clear about the focus and we make sure that when we think about decisions regarding FIFA funding, they are the best.

“My role is to support the president and CEO and everyone at the Fiji FA,” he said.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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