The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, inaugurated, on Tuesday, a Sports Complex in La Laura-Malenga, and which comprises a football ground, a petanque court, a mini soccer pitch, a health track and a children’s playground.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun; Members of Parliament; and other eminent personalities were present on this occasion.
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth highlighted that the football ground has been refurbished, with parking facilities and adequate lighting also available to enable the inhabitants to practise a regular physical activity. He stressed that this is crucial to tackle health problems such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, faced by a great percentage of citizens.
The Prime Minister outlined Government’s determination to sensitise every citizen so that the population at large is motivated to make the most of all sports infrastructures and other facilities available around the island. He moreover underlined the necessity to eat balanced and healthy food in order to remain in good health, which, according to him, can have positive consequences on one’s productivity at work.
Speaking about sports in general, Prime Minister Jugnauth emphasised that many Mauritian youth can shine at national and international levels if they have the adequate coaching and equipment at their disposal. He also reminded that the Côte d’Or National Sports Complex offers state-of-the-art infrastructures which are in line with international norms.
Furthermore, he remarked that Mauritian athletes who participated in the last Commonwealth Games in Birmingham have excelled in their discipline and have won five medals. This demonstrates that our athletes have the potential to do well on the international front, he underscored.
In addition, Mr Jugnauth dwelt on the construction of drains in the region and on the construction of pavements for the safety of the inhabitants. He also informed that since the beginning of 2022 to date, more than Rs 1,3 billion have already been injected in infrastructural works around the island.
Before concluding, he encouraged the population to be inoculated with the second booster dose against the COVID-19 since the virus is still present in society.
For her part, VPM Dookun-Luchoomun outlined the importance for the inhabitants of La Laura-Malenga to make good use of the new infrastructures. She underscored that Government is doing its best to bring about such infrastructural development in different localities around the island in a bid to ensure the well-being and wellness of the population.
She also seized this opportunity to commend the Moka District Council and La Laura-Malenga Village Council for having put at the inhabitants’ disposal adequate sports infrastructures. These will encourage the youth to practise a regular physical activity, she added.