Timor-Leste football stadium to refurbished with Chinese support


China will finance with USD 300,000 the rehabilitation of the Lecidere stadium, in the Timorese capital, Dili.

The Timorese Secretary of State for Youth and Sports, Abrão Saldanha, and the Chinese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Xiao Jianguo, signed the deal to renovate the football stadium last week, according to the Timorese state news agency ANTIL.

The diplomat said that the stadium is a memorable gift to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Timor-Leste.

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According to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Timor-Leste, released on Wednesday, Xiao Jianguo said that the stadium could help to develop Timorese football.

The renovated infrastructure will include the first artificial turf in the Southeast Asian country.

Abrao Saldanha said that the project had been handed over to the Chinese company Shanghai Cooperation and that the works should be ready by 30 May.


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