Lusofonia Games preparations to be completed on time: official

Panaji: The infrastructure required for hosting the Lusofonia Games in Goa would be ready well within the deadline, authorities have assured.

"The construction of infrastructure is right on the track. All efforts are being taken to complete it within the time(frame)," Lusofonia Games chief executive officer, Keshav Chandra stated.

Three new facilities are being created for the games while existing three stadiums, including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, Peddem Ground at Mapusa and Tilak Maidan at Vasco, are being upgraded to meet the requirements.

Except for the facility near Goa University, all others have been more than 90 percent completed, Chandra said.

"The indoor stadium near Goa University is 70 per cent complete but maximum force is deployed there to complete it within the deadline," he added.

The stadium at Bambolim village is also almost completed, he said.

Lusofonia Games, the Portuguese Commonwealth Games, would be held in the first week of November in Goa.

The host state has managed to create the infrastructure in record time, Chandra said.

"The infrastructure which is supposed to be created in 18 months is getting ready in seven months," he said.

Incessant rains for two months caused impediment to the construction work, he said.
"Although the work is being fast paced, there is no compromise in the quality," he assured.