St. Vincent and the Grenadines will have an international standard athletics track at Diamond by Independence Day (Oct. 27) 2020.
“We are actively pursuing and we are sure that before independence next year, we will have, at Diamond, a track with a football field and a small facility, not a full stadium accommodation, but a track which is of a category 2 installation, not Olympic but of every international and regional standard below Olympics so you can do your running there and get your records and they will be counted,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Saturday.
He said that just this week, he, along with the Minister of Finance and the Director General of Finance and Planning “ring fenced a portion of money to ensure that this facility is part of the “Renewal @40”.
Renewal @40 is a series of activities expected to run until Oct. 26, 2020, in celebration of the country’s 40th anniversary of independence, which will be observed on Oct. 27 this year.
Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party came to office on March 28, 2001 promising to build a national stadium at Diamond.
The administration, however, has so far failed to do so.