The Jakarta Post
The North Sumatra administration kicked off construction on a sports center situated in Batang Kuis, Deli Serdang regency, on Friday, to be used for the 2024 National Games, which the province will cohost with Aceh.
North Sumatra governor Edy Rahmayadi said his administration aimed for total completion of the sports arena by February 2023.
“Please pray that everything will run smoothly, this sports center will become our common pride, the pride of North Sumatra,” Edy said during the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday.
The sports center, which will cost Rp 8.6 trillion (US$ 583 million) to build, will host 36 sports venues. From the total budget, Rp. 1.8 trillion will be used to build an international-standard soccer arena.
The compound will also house tourist destinations, shopping centers and a hospital.
North Sumatra youth and sports agency head Baharudin Siagian added that the facility would also have a botanical garden that would house endemic plants of the province, a recreational park and a sports education school.
The agency will also use the center to support athletes in the future.
“We hope that with this sports center, the province can produce more excellent athletes,” Baharudin said, adding that North Sumatra could also start hosting international sports event.
The Rp 8.6 trillion will come from the North Sumatra regional budget, the state budget and investors.
The government and House of Representatives decided in April to postpone the 2020 PON in Papua, which was scheduled for October to December, and pushed it to 2021 as the country continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. (mfp)