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$2-M renovation of pool at Nat’l Stadium moving closer to completion

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The swimming pool at the National Stadium under renovation. The repair of the pool, which is the main facility used by the Cambodian swimming federation, is expected to be completed by December of this year. KT/Jose Rodriguez T. Senase

The multi-million renovation of the swimming pool at the National Stadium is moving closer to completion.

Hem Kiry, secretary general of the Khmer Swimming Federation (KSF), said in an interview on Tuesday that if everything goes well, it could be ready for use in two months.  “It could be finished by the end of December,” he said.

Based on the original plan, according to him, work on the swimming pool was supposed to be finished in August of this year, but the completion date was moved due to some changes. “We decided to add some more changes,” he pointed out.

Repair work started in October 2018. Around $2 million was earmarked for the renovation.

The swimming facilities at the Stadium under renovation include a 50M X 25M Olympic-size swimming pool and a 55M X 20M diving pool.

Renovation work includes upgrading the pool to international standards and replacing many of its equipment like generators and pipes. Shanghai Construction Co Ltd is the contractor for the project.

“It’s almost a new thing once completed,” he pointed out. “Everything we need for competitions, practices, and swimming lessons will be there.”

While the stadium pool was under renovation, most of the swimming events and practice sessions of the Cambodia National Swimming Team were held at international-standard swimming pools in Morodok Techo National Sports Complex and Kampong Cham province.

Despite the extensive renovations, Mr Kiry said they made sure that were little changes to the original design as much as possible.

The National Stadium and its facilities were originally designed by the famous Cambodian architect Van Molyvann.  “We want to keep that treasure,” he stressed.

The pool, which is the main facility used by the swimming federation since the 1980s, has fallen into disrepair. “It has been used for more than 50 years. Many pipes broke and water quality became bad over time,” he pointed out.

“The president of the federation decided to have it fixed, “added Mr Kiry, referring to KSF president Sun Chanthol.

In addition to national team use, Mr Kiry said the renovated facility will be opened to the public as part of a much-improved swimming development program that they plan to implement in the near future.

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