Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Korat 90% ready for the Games

KORAT: With less than two months for the 24th SEA Games here, the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial government said all venues would be ready for the regional biennial games by Oct 31.

The province, located about 260km north-east of Bangkok, is also setting aside political differences and concerns on security to ensure a smooth games when it starts on Dec 6.

Over the weekend, a test-run of facilities and organisational skills were held to show its readiness to play host to over 6,000 athletes and officials, with a countdown event at the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium.

More than 20,000 people, clad in yellow shirts, thronged the stadium, located about 10km from the city centre, to join representatives from Bangkok-based Asean diplomats to witness the glittering countdown, marked by spectacular fireworks.

“We are already 90 per cent ready and I can assure you all the venues will be completed by Oct 31. We are not so concern over traffic congestion as the schools will be closed and we have back-up plans,” Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Suthee Makboon said. – Bernama

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