Lack of skilled sport infrastructure builders hurting SDF

March 06, 2017
This basketball hoop is in need of repair after it was separated from its base.
Denzil Wilks, general manager, Sports Development Foundation.

The Sports Development Foundation (SDF) says it has experienced challenges in finding adequately skilled contractors who can construct sporting infrastructure in the island.

The SDF, which gets most of its funding from the local gaming industry, noted that the absence of appropriate categories on the National Contracts Commission's (NCC)list from which the contractors can be selected has led to lengthy delays in the procurement process and significant setbacks in building, as well as increased cost due to the fluctuations in exchange rates.

The body, which made the revelation in its 2015 annual report, added that the NCC had no specific categories for things such as construction of multipurpose courts, construction of playfields, installation and repair of swimming pool equipment, and installation of synthetic sports surfaces.

The SDF said, too, that because sporting equipment is primarily manufactured to order, many suppliers required payment in advance, and permission for such payments had to be sought from the NCC. They also faced the challenge that there were no respondents to some projects because of few contractors, both locally and overseas.

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