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Apr 3, 2013

An incomplete Marion Jones Stadium; access to be given to some athletes

Two weeks ago former Vice President of the Belize Amateur Athletics Association Deon Sutherland expressed concerns about the progress of the Marion Jones Sporting Complex, more specifically the accessibility of the newly built race track to young athletes.  With the upcoming CARIFTA Games drawing nearer, runners have been requesting usage of the facility to prepare for the competition. According to Minister Herman Longsworth, a suggestion has been made to partition sections of the sporting complex that have been completed and are ready for use.


Herman Longsworth, Minister of Youth and Sports

Herman Longsworth

“We have a slight logistical problem with allowing people to use the tracks.  The works are ongoing.  The contractor has responsibility for the entire site.  What we are trying to do, and the prime minister has agreed to finding some money for me to be able to properly organize the site that we can control the flow of traffic then, for a lack of a better way of putting it, to put in security fences etc. so that we can start to use facilities that are already complete.  Like the track where we can, we have a little bit of work left to do around the track, going there, we’re almost there to finish that up and then I want to see athletes, at least, have the athletes have access to the track to be able to train properly and that sort of thing on that track.  The beach volleyball facility, we want to ensure that the volleyball association can have access to the beach volleyball facility so they can use it.  We may not be able to use the cycle track because the cycle track impacts pretty close to where the construction works are happening for the grand stand facility so we may not yet be able to use the cycle track.  But I hope that we can start to use the facility very shortly, but certainly we are still onboard we are still going at the pace we’re expected to go.  We’re still expecting to be completed by the end of the year, have the entire facility available to the public by the end of this year.”


As to the City Center, Longsworth told News Five recently that the Prime Minister has identified thirty million dollars which will be used for the renovation through Belize Infrastructure Limited; but that information has not been confirmed by the PM.

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4 Responses for “An incomplete Marion Jones Stadium; access to be given to some athletes”

  1. Bear says:

    Another $30-million for BILK? Where was that pilfered from? Who voted on that budget item? He’s throwing around some pretty serious amounts of taxpayer money with no government involvement, it seems!

    It’s a good way to cheat the teachers out of promised raises, just keep spending the money on new “projects” so nothing is left for teachers! Teachers should be feeling pretty foolish now for having trusted the PM! He stole your wallet while he was smiling in your face!

  2. ARROGANCE says:

    THIRTY MILLION for RENOVATION, that means it wont be demolished and a new one built, paint job and new court will cost us thirty million, BIL = HUSSLE

  3. candy says:

    Teachers will never stand up for what is rightfully theirs…such a pity, when they are the one educating a nation.. the prime minister should be ashamed of himself..

  4. Storm says:

    Rebuilding Marion Jones Field appears to be a permanent “public works” project, the personal retirement plan for Longsworth and how many other ministers?

    I believe the $30,000,000 ADDITIONAL money to “fix” it is more than the place cost to build in the first place.

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