Arena closure ‘an inconvenience’

Wednesday December 27, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Sports such as handball and volleyball that use the Bluesky Sports Arena will need to relocate in 2018 for around six months. 17122226 Sports such as handball and volleyball that use the Bluesky Sports Arena will need to relocate in 2018 for around six months. 17122226

Next year’s six-month closure of the Bluesky Sports Arena for renovations will require sports teams to relocate during their 2018 season.

 

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) General Secretary Robert Graham said that while the closure was an inconvenience, it was necessary in the long run, and the sports seasons will continue as usual.

“Netball can go back to their clubs, basketball can be played at the colleges, while netball and handball will play outdoors,” Graham explained.

“We would love to have our facility, but the renovations are needed, so it really is in the best interest of the national sporting body.”

Graham said CISNOC had been waiting on the renovations for years, as the shutters and the playing surface have become a cause for concern.

“Once it’s finished we will come back with an even better facility, so in the long term it will be a huge benefit to local sports.”

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) which owns and manages the BSA building, have failed to provide any further details about what renovations will be taking place in there next year, despite repeated requests.

CINews understands that there is a possibility that the police may be moved there when they also move out of their HQ next year (which is also being repaired), although that is considered a last resort.

The Police Service and the Ministry of Justice (also own by CIIC and undergoing repairs next year) are looking at options such as the hostels located in Tupapa.

The close proximity to town and of the hostels makes it an ideal location for both of these services.

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