Monday , February 17 2020
Edo State Deputy Governor Rt Hon Philip Shaibu (centre) with Chairman Edo State Commission Godwin Dudu Orumen Esq and The MD Veltrop Limited, Kaodi Nduaka (Right) during a visit of the Deputy Governor to the Swimming Pool of Sam Ogbemudia Stadium Yesterday..... Photo: moses oboh.

Swimming pools of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium can host any Olympics championship, says Engr

BENIN CITY – The Veltrop Limited, the construction firm handling the reconstruction and upgrading work of the swimming pools of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin has said that the pools can host any Olympic championship.

The Contractor, Kaodi Nduaka, gave the assurance to Nigerians in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during a visit to the ongoing works at the stadium complex on yesterday.

“As you can see it’s an old pool, what we did was to remodel it and upgraded it so that it can meet international standard.”

“All the things that you need for competitions are here, the starting blocks are there, the lanes are there and the timing system which will represent omega for Swiss timing will eventually be fixed

“With all of these you have a standard pool which can entertain any world competition.

“The pool essentially are ready, all we are waiting for is water supply to fill the two of them.

“The training pool is a five lane and this one which is eight lane and for competitions are both ready”. He said.

Nduaka assured that Edo sports Festival is one of the activities that would be used to test run the pools before the 20th National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.

The 20th NSF, which will hold from March 22 to April 1, will be the third NSF the state will be hosting.


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  1. We love good news but half truths leave doubts. Because of its age, the pool can never host an Olympic – or FINA – competition! The reason for this is structural, FINA/Olympic pools have to be 10 lanes wide = 25m, and this one is 8 lanes = 25 yards. This is a non-negotiable fact. This thus makes one wonder about the water-treatment plant and associated plumbing and it’s longevity. At the outset I’d recommended a retrofit where a prefab pool is dropped in over the footprint of the old pool; these have been successfully done all over the world and instead of a 3 month band-aid to host a festival, you’ll have a solid 25 years ahead of you. These “repairs” jobs are good “money spinners”, like refinery TAM’s, but they inevitably leave you in perpetual TAM mode. Do it right the first time, and then sit back and enjoy it! Today, facilities like solar powered plant systems

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