5,000-seat sports palace in Bamako - The Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, at the weekend inaugurated a 5,000-seat sports Palace in the new administrative and business district of Hamdallaye ACI 2000 (West of Bamako), PANA learnt from sports source Monday.
Designed to host competitions in basketball, handball, volleyball, karate, taekwondo and judo, the palace covers an area of 3.8 hectares.
Fully air conditioned, the sports Palace has facilities for playground, a boxing gym, three martial arts halls, two changing rooms for teams, two reheating rooms per team, one changing room for referees, ticket offices, premises for the administration, shops, stores and refreshment rooms.
Upstairs, the sports Palace has a presidential lounge, lounge for officials, bleachers and a report room.
The Malian government spent 9 billion FCFA on the palace which was built by China's overseas general Company (COVEC).
PANA reports that the palace was inaugurated only a few days before the start of the peace, friendship and solidarity tournament, scheduled for 20-28 February in Bamako.
The solidarity games will be attended by 800 athletes from 16 African, European and Asian countries.