Guyana first to build a stadium for WC 2007

Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Guyana has become the first of the eight venues for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2007 (ICC CWC WI) to begin construction of a new stadium for the tournament to be hosted by West Indies.

The construction begins ahead of a meeting to be held in Kingston, Jamaica, from August 3-7 to update officials on stadium development in the eight venues, an ICC release said.

Guyana's progress was recognised by Rawle Brancker, chairman of ICC CWC WI 2007 Inc and Donald Lockerbie, ICC CWC WI 2007 venue development director, after a tour of the 60-acre site on last Thursday to witness initial and preliminary work.

During the visit, Brancker and Lockerbie met the members of the local organising committee of Guyana led by minister of sports Gail Teixeira, the president of the Guyana Cricket Board, Chetram Singh, and retired Major General Norman McLean. A meeting was also organised with President Bharrat Jagdeo.

"It is just great that in advance of the meeting, the team and Government in Guyana is pushing ahead and is building momentum which will spread across the region," Lockerbie was quoted as saying in the release.

He added: "A value of nearly $ 200M for stadium construction projects are in tap over the next 32 months leading to the ICC Cricket World Cup in the spring of 2007, so we are really encouraged to get the first of eight venues off the ground."

The other seven venues are Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago.

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