Steti, North Bohemia, July 18 (CTK) – The construction of a shipyard for 54 million crowns has started in Steti, Michal Kurfirst, head of the executive committee of the Labe Arena nascent National Olympic Water Sports Centre, told CTK yesterday.
Besides, the roofing of 1500 seats is being built in the nearby Racice rowing complex, he said.
The old shipyard in Steti was demolished in January and a new one is being built at the same place.
“It will serve clients of the rowing canal of the Racice Olympic centre,” Kurfirst told CTK.
While there is only a two-km rowing canal in Racice, in Steti, rowers can enjoy a ten-km-long water route, he added.
Moreover, local inhabitants will be able to use a gym in the new shipyard building.
The National Olympic Centre wants to create a top European rowing competition area in Racice and a training and diagnostic centre of the national water sports team in Steti.
The shipyard in Steti must be completed in 11 months. The complex in Racice will be prepared by then, including its reconstructed dockyard, new accommodation capacities and the roofing of 1500 seats, which the International Rowing Federation has required, Kurfirst said.
The rowing centre in Racice was completed at the site of a former sand pit in 1986. So far mainly junior European and world championships have been held in Racice.
Next year, two big sport events are scheduled there – the European Rowing Championship in May and the Canoe Sprint World Cup in August.
The Usti Region, Steti and the Education, Youth and Sports Ministry participate in the establishment of the National Olympic Water Sports Centre. They should jointly secure 300 million crowns for the complex in the following ten years.