World Cup stadium moves a step closer to reality
By Chamanlall Naipaul
Guyana Chronicle
October 18, 2003

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AN Indian technical team will be here to assess and study details in constructing the cricket stadium, the project proposals having been submitted to the government of that country.

This development was revealed by Head of Presidential Secretariat (HPS) Dr Roger Luncheon at his weekly press briefing, Thursday.

Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport Gail Teixeira and her team completed and submitted the project proposal for construction of a stadium in Guyana’s quest to become a venue for the 2007 World Cricket Cup, to be staged in the West Indies for the first time.

Dr Luncheon said submission of the proposal to the Indian government paved the way for a technical team to come here to do the necessary assessment and studies for construction on a 25-acre plot of land at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.

Earlier, the HPS announced that Guyana was moving ahead with preparations for bidding to become a venue for hosting 2007 World Cricket Cup matches.

He disclosed that at a recent regional meeting the criteria of the selection process were unveiled and Guyana would be competing on the basis of sports facilities and infrastructure, accommodation facilities, telecommunication linkages, security traffic control and other related factors.

Decision can be made as early as in 2004, Dr Luncheon observed, and with regard to the bidding process, there is some convergence between the timetable of implementation, timetable of infrastructure, development on roads, air transport, housing, and those parameters to be evaluated in the bids of potential venue for the World Cup.

The HPS pointed out that several major infrastructural works were in the implementation stage, including improvements at the airport, the four-lane highway on the southern entrance to the city on the East Bank Demerara and reform of the telecommunications sector. He noted too the efforts towards developing the Ogle Aerodrome into a municipal airport.

“Importantly, private sector interest is unabated and the idea of Guyana not hosting the World Cup is clearly unpalatable,” Dr Luncheon declared.

On his return from the trip to India last month President Bharrat Jagdeo announced that the Indian government had agreed to consider constructing a modern multi-million dollar cricket stadium here.

The Guyanese Head of State said he was very pleased when the Indian government agreed to consider the possibility of constructing the stadium. The Indian government requested a project proposal, which the President promised to send as soon as it is ready.