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Monday, February 21, 2005 - The rehabilitation of the Vigie playing field and the application for International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) Certification for the tracks at the national stadium are among the priority areas on the sporting list for this year. The disclosure was made by Youth and Sports Minister, Hon. Mario Michel.

Mr. Michel said the Vigie rehabilitation works would be undertaken by the Venezuelan Government, through a team of engineers from the Venezuelan Army. The Youth and Sports Minister believes that the project will not only rehabilitate a major sporting facility but will enhance the northern entrance to the city.

“The last words from the Venezuelan Ambassador which came in the form of a letter to me, dated Thursday February 17th is to the effect that the project will commence when the engineers from the Venezuelan army are free from the responsibility of assisting with the floods being experienced in Venezuela at this time”, the Minister informed, noting that thousands of other St. Lucians were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Venezuelan Army Engineers to commence this crucial project.

In terms of the IAAF certification of the national stadium tracks, Mr. Michel said it appeared that the materials used to construct the tracks were not now IAAF approved products. He added that the People’s Republic of China had applied for and was awaiting IAAF approval of the Chinese-made material, and that as soon as approval was obtained, the application for IAAF certification would be made.

However, he stressed that if the IAAF declined certification of the Chinese-made material, which he thought was very unlikely, there would be moves to change the tracks at the national stadium.

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