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SBD Global/January 11, 2017/Facilities

Facility Notes: Plans For Major Hong Kong Water Sports Center Nearly Finalized

Plans for a "major" water sports center, costing at least HK$250M ($32.2M), are "close to being finalised for the Tseung Kwan O waterfront." The Water Sports Council, comprising rowing, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, dragon boating, triathlon and life saving, "confirmed it had been in discussions with the government for a narrow 1.4-hectare site along the Tseung Kwan O South waterfront promenade." Council Vice-Chair Mike Tanner said, "All seven sports have indicated their interest in having the center in TKO. It is going to be the biggest center in Hong Kong with the activities being involved, but it would be too early to say when we can start physical construction of the facility" (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 1/10).

The Parque Radical of Deodoro Sports Complex, "one of the intended legacies of the Olympics for the residents living in Rio's Zona Norte and Zona Oeste," has been closed since the beginning of the new year. The 500,000-square-meter Olympic venue and park was "taken over" by the Rio 2016 Olympics organization from March until Sept. '16, when it was then reopened for public use. Yet the company managing the site "closed operations at the end of last year." Local news outlets reported that "the City Hall has started a new bidding process, but it was challenged by the Court of Auditors" (RIO TIMES, 1/10).
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