A new sports complex in Karachi was opened on wednesday (15 January) by Pakistan's Prime Minister, Mr.
A new sports complex in Karachi was opened on wednesday (15 January) by Pakistan's Prime Minister, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The complex, constructed around an imposing grandstand, will be further expanded to include squash courts, and Olympics-standard swimming pool, volleyball and basketball courts.
At present, the centra has soccer, cricket and hockey pitches. The playing area in the stadium can be used for staging many sporting events, changing form tennis to wrestling, and there is accommodation for more than 5,000 spectators.
The sports complex has so far cost the Karachi Municipal Council just under one and a half million rupees (60,000 pounds sterling). The additional features will cost a further four million rupees (160,000 pounds sterling).
In addition to the playing areas, the complex has accommodation for visiting athletes, and already two foreign teams have made use of the facilities -- Turkish and Iranian players are in Karachi to compete in soccer championships.
The sports centre covers a total of 20 acres (eight hectares).