Multi-million-tala facilities rusting away

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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Paint chipped and broken seats litter the area.

Paint chipped and broken seats litter the area.

A mixture of overgrown grass, bush, rusty equipment and dust patches cover some of the sports facilities at the Faleata Sports Complex. 

The facilities had cost taxpayers millions of tala when they were built for the 2007 South Pacific Games held in Samoa.

But since then, only a few sports facilities are still being used. These include the Aquatic Centre and the Gymnasiums, which were all rebuilt and renovated for the S.I.D.S conference in 2014.

Another section of land in the area is being used for solar panels.

But some of the facilities have been sitting idle for years now and questions have been raised as to whether they would be rebuilt and what they would be used for.

The softball/baseball diamond is one of them. 

Seats from the paint chipped/moss covered stand litter the area while the fences rust away.

Repeated attempts to contact the Samoa Sports Facility Authority (S.S.F.A) for a comment were not successful.

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