The newly revamped National Fitness and Evacuation Centre formerly known as XFOL  was officially open yesterday.

The new revamped centre worth 120 million vatu funded  by the Australian High Commission was open by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu Hon. Bob Loughman and the Australian High Commissioner Her Excellency  Sarah deZoeten.

The ceremony was also attended by member of parliament, member of diplomatic corps and various sporting bodies.

Finally prayers and questions of athletes have finally been answered as they will now have access to proper training facilities gyms and indoor facilities which would boost their preparation level.

As sport is one unit that brings people together this would see a bright future as far as Vanuatu sports is concern.

And Prime Minister Hon. Bob Loughman believes the opening of the centre is motivating during this crisis.

"At the time where the country is still struggling from tropical cyclone Harold, and the economic impact of COVID-19 a global pandemic it is motivating to be part of this uplifting event.

" A big thank you indeed to the people and the government of Australia, for answering the call to rebuild this facility as part of the Vt50,000,000 commitment.

"On behalf of the people and the government of Republic of Vanuatu i acknowledge and thanked the government and people of Australia for standing with us in our most desperate circumstances.

" I'm also thankful to the Republic of China, our friends from New Zealand, France government, Japan government, USA government , European Union and many more who have helped us in so many ways," Loughman said.

Mr Loughman has vowed government's support towards sports.

"The government will do all it can to facilitate and provide the necessary support for the upgrading of the necessary facilities existing facilities as well as investigating options for additional information required for these facilities to host sports competition."

The Prime Minister urges all users to use the facilities with care and take responsibilities. 

"I urge the Vanuatu National Sports Commission and all its users to take special care when using this facility, proper , untimely maintenance must be manage. In order to provide ongoing services in the future."

" Another Vanuatu National Sports Commission facility the Korman Stadium is also being considered as a possible isolation centre for COVID-19. This government will do its best to provide the necessary means to upgrade this facility according to all the required standards. To continue operating as a sporting facility and for health purposes when the need arises.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.