National Stadium delays may cause cancellation of events

National Stadium delays may cause cancellation of events
BEHIND: A view of the under construction National Stadium in Singapore in February.

SINGAPORE - It has been billed as a historic event - the first major sporting event in the spanking new 55,000-seater National Stadium at the Kallang Sports Hub.

But the World Club 10s rugby tournament, scheduled at the Hub on June 21 and 22, could be cancelled.

The New Paper understands that work at the stadium is behind schedule, mainly because of problems with the retractable roof and the state-of-the-art hybrid grass pitch.

The 35-hectare Sports Hub includes the 6,000-capacity OCBC Aquatic Centre and the 3,000-capacity OCBC Arena.

The $1.3-billion facility was initially slated to open its doors this month. This was later pushed back to June.

A further delay to the June date would leave the Rugby 10s, and possibly other events, in limbo.

A source close to Singapore Sports Hub Pte Ltd, the consortium behind the project, said the possibility of a delay has been discussed with the event organisers.

"Some of the event organisers have been given a cut-off date by the Sports Hub, on when the respective events can be confirmed as a go or no-go," said the source.

BEHIND SCHEDULE

"It's no secret that the National Stadium is behind schedule. The pitch was seeded only last week and the roof is not 100 per cent yet."

When contacted by TNP, Mr Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd, said: "We will deliver the Sports Hub campus and all facilities in June 2014 and are working full steam ahead towards opening."

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