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December 24, 2012
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Stadium pool closed for facelift
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Dominic Walter of Jamaica competing in the Boys' 15-17 200- metre butterfly at the 25th staging of the Carifta Swim Championship at the National Stadium in 2010. - Ricardo Makyn

The National Stadium pool has been drained and is currently undergoing a four-week refurbishing exercise, which is expected to rack up a $5 million bill, most of which is yet to be secured by the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ).

A complete resurfacing of the pool floor, the installation of new touch pads and a new scoreboard, as well as a comprehensive beautification programme are all on the worksheet and with the country set to host the Carifta Swimming Championships during March 30-April 3 of next year, the ASAJ's leap of faith seems hardly optional.

President Martin Lyn and his team will be knocking on the doors of potential sponsors over the coming days, but the proactive approach, he hopes, will ensure that the country can boast a truly first-class swimming facility in a matter of weeks.

"We are, in fact, making sure that our facilities for the Carifta Games and beyond are in first world contention going into next year," Lyn said.

"We have already closed the pool for renovation, we are renovating it on our own; the ASAJ. We just closed it on Friday and it will reopen on January 20."

"We are anticipating spending at least $5 million. We are seeking sponsorship and we are also funding some of it, but we are already starting the work," Lyn explained.

The new scoreboard will cost in the region of $1.4 million, while the touch pads, which are used for electronic timing and placing will set back the association $2.5 million.

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