Papua's Largest Sports Center to be Built in Timika

TIMIKA (MIMIKA) - Papua will soon have the biggest and most complete sports center in Timika, the capital of Mimika regency. Named the Mimika Sports Complex, the construction of the facility was launched by Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in Timika on Monday.

The sports complex will be built within 18 months on a 12.5-hectare plot of land belonging to the Mimika regency administration at a cost of about US$25 million. All of the costs will be borne by copper-mining company PT Freeport Indonesia.

The construction of the sports complex, according to Lukas, will help his provincial administration prepare itself to host of the National Sports Games (PON) in 2020, when various sports competitions will be held.

President director of PT Freeport Indonesia M. Rozik said that the construction of the sports facility was not only designed to support the hosting of PON 2020, but also to help improve sports performances in Papua, which is well known for its sporting achievement.

"The construction of the Mimika Sports Complex shows PT Freeport Indonesia's support for the development of sporting activities in Papua," Rozik said.

The sports complex will be equipped with an indoor stadium for basketball and badminton with a capacity of 4,000 spectators, offices and other business facilities.

It will also have an eight-lane athletic facility capable of accommodating 950 people. "This will be the second international standard athletic facility after Madya Stadium in Jakarta," he added. [TheJakartaPost]
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