Victoria Courts officially opened
December 16, 2015 11:05 pm
The revamped Victoria Tennis Court in Suva will be open only to tennis players for the immediate future.
The refurbishment, which is the first at the facility since the 2003 South Pacific Games, cost $238,000 and was officially opened by Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama this morning.
Fiji Sports Council CEO, Litiana Loabuka says although the court was previously open to host other sports in the past, this will be put on hold for now.
“The reason why we allow sports to come on is it allow other sports such as futsal and netball to come and have a place to play as well. In return, they pay the fees for that of course. For $4, you hire the court for tennis. What we heard from the tennis fraternity was that if you need to increase the rate, do it. We’d rather have it specifically for tennis at a higher and it’s well-maintained for tennis.”
The new tennis and squash courts are open for business as of today.
Former national women’s tennis champion, Hamidan Bibi sees the incentive by Government to upgrade and develop such facilities as a good incentive to involve more people in sports and healthy living.