25 Jul 2017
- By Emmanuel T. Erediano – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Oleai Sports Complex race track is hopefully getting an IAAF certification next month, according to Northern Marianas Sports Association Executive Director Tony Rogolifoi.
NMASA is waiting for the final inspection of the newly resurfaced race track, Rogolifoi said in an interview.
When the final touches of the $904,744 resurfacing project were completed last month, Bob Jones, an inspector from Australia made an initial check on the facility.
According to Rogolifoi, there will be another inspection, a final one that IAAF will have to make to ensure the race track meets the standard and complies with the international athletics body’s regulations.
The Oleai race track has to be IAAF standard compliant in order to host an international athletics event, Rogolifoi said.
“Right now we are just waiting for that final inspection then hopefully the IAAF certification will be released next month,” Rogolifoi said.
The told Oleai track was certified by IAAF in 2002. Over the years the surface had deteriorated.
A few years ago, NMASA was awarded in 2015, a $772,000 Community Development Block Grant Program funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the resurfacing of the track and replacement of the fence on the southern boundary of the track complex.
A few months later, an additional $132,744 was also allocated to the project.
The work involved removal of the aging synthetic rubberized surface of the track, and replacement of a new one.
The first international athletics event that will set foot on the Oleai track could be the 2018 Area Regional Championships for Micronesia that will be held from June 14 to 16, 2018 featuring 18-under-and open categories.
The Oceania Athletics Congress and Administration awarded the NMI last month th erights to host the 2018 Area Regional Championships for Micronesia.
The final decision to approve the CNMI’s hosting of the bi-annual regional athletics event was made during the OAA Congress, by the Micronesia Area Member Federations, according to Northern Marianas Athletic General Secretary Robin Sapong who is also a council member of OAA.
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