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SBD Global/April 3, 2014/Facilities

Facility Notes: National Stadium Could Give Singapore Edge In 2016 Super Rugby Bid

The new National Stadium at the Sports Hub "could give Singapore and the Asia Pacific Dragons the edge over Hong Kong in the bid to join the 2016 Super Rugby competition." Jon Phelps, managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing, which owns the Dragons, said that "Singapore was better equipped than Hong Kong," which has also expressed its interest in joining "the most prestigious 15-a-side club tournament in the southern hemisphere" (THE NEW PAPER, 4/2). ... Brazilian organizers "are adding safety features where a worker died in the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue." The addition of new safety rails on Tuesday comes a day after labor officials said that work at the stadium "could not continue until safety concerns were addressed." Labor ministry officials said that "the work stoppage is expected to continue until next week" (AP, 4/2).
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