Construction work has commenced on the Aquatic and Sports Center in Gozo with expectations for the €9 million complex to be completed next year.
It has been over 20 years of pressure, lobbying, and sacrifices but it seems like the country will finally get its very first regional pool following a visit to the aquatic centre’s construction site by Prime Minister Robert Abela last weekend.
The new project will include an Olympic-size swimming pool and a large number of sports facilities catering to athletes of all sporting backgrounds including a squash court, a basketball court, volleyball court, gym, multipurpose rooms and Olympic lanes.
“We will continue to work tirelessly so that Gozo continues to enjoy these massive projects,” said Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri.
The never-ending quest for a regional pool in Gozo took a major leap earlier this year with a tender for its construction finally being approved.
Prior to this development, and still to this day, Gozitan swimmers and athletes would oftentimes have to travel to Malta to practice their sport – especially during the winter season.
Some even had to abandon their sport because it was too much of a commitment, claiming to be treated as “second-class citizens”.
However, the dream of having a regional pool might finally come true next year.