National Stadium field fiasco: No use warring with Sport Singapore, says Sports Hub COO

National Stadium field fiasco: No use warring with Sport Singapore, says Sports Hub COO

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Sports Hub has vowed to get to the root of the problem facing the National Stadium pitch and fix it, said its chief operating officer Oon Jin Teik.


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SportSG tells Sports Hub: We won't pay until pitch is ready for top events

SINGAPORE - Singapore's main governing body for Sports, Sport Singapore (SportSG), says that it will not fork out money for the Singapore Sports Hub until the National Stadium field reaches a standard good enough to host big events.

Chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin said on Tuesday that even though there were promises and agreements made in the past, the pitch is a main deliverable that the SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL) has not yet fulfilled.

He said that "the sub-standard readiness of the pitch" was "far from being satisfactory" and that it was a "significant disappointment", according to The Straits Times.

Lim added: "SHPL's recent explanations for the failure have given the ASEAN Football Federation and the Football Association of Singapore cause for concern that the National Stadium will not be ready to host the upcoming Suzuki Cup that is due to start on Nov 23."

In the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, SHPL is supposed to bear the construction and operating costs of the Sports Hub which costs $1.33 billion.

According to The Straits Times, the Government did not pay anything in advance, but is paying SHPL annually over 25 years.

The first payment was in August 2010 when construction started, reported The Straits Times.

Lim added: "Sport Singapore will hold SHPL accountable for the outcomes of their next actions. We cannot be paying for what has not been delivered.

"Singapore had been confirmed as the co-host for the AFF Suzuki Cup since April 4, 2013. We expect that our partners at SHPL will do everything necessary to ensure that the pitch and National Stadium would meet the AFF's requirements and standards for the Suzuki Cup."

According to The Straits Times, a decision will be announced today to determine whether the Suzuki Cup tournament will still take place or be moved to another venue.

In addition, the team coaches of Brazil and Japan expressed their concerns about the sub-par pitch on Monday.

According to TODAY, Brazil coach Dunga said ahead of the friendly against Japan last night that the pitch is mostly "sand and not grass".

Both teams used the field to train one day before their sold-out friendly match, where Brazil had a hands-down victory against Japan with a score of 4-0.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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