Construction delays put Singapore 2013 SEA Games in doubt

October 1, 2009
Singapore Democrats

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Delays in construction of Singapore’s $1.3 billion Sports Hub may cost the city-state its hosting rights for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, a government minister has said.

Revealing that work on the project could be further delayed, Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said: “Frankly, I think it’s unlikely that it will be ready for the 2013 SEA Games.

“We will not be rushed into this, and I’m quite prepared to postpone our offer to host the SEA Games to a later date,” he told reporters.

“The key point is, we want to make sure that when we… put an offer on the table, it is a good offer, and something that we can deliver.”

The Singapore Sports Hub Consortium won the contract to build and operate the Sports Hub on a 25-year lease. It includes a 55,000-capacity National Stadium with a retractable roof and 41,000 sqm of business, commercial and retail floor space.

The project has been repeatedly delayed due to high construction costs and the global economic downturn. Construction is now expected to begin early next year and will take four years to complete.

The 25th staging of the Southeast Asian Games takes place later this year in Vientiane, Laos, from Dec. 9-18.

The 11 competing nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, hosts Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and Vietnam.

Indonesia are due to stage the 2011 Games in Bandung and Semarang with Singapore due to host the 27th Games.