ASA president, Alec Skhosana, said this during a media launch at the stadium on Friday, attended by athletics figures including Confederation of African Athletics, Southern Region Moses Bantsi, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo and top athletes, including Olympic silver medalist, Khotso Mokoena.
“We would like to use the facility in future to help condition our athletics before the start of the season so that they perform,” said Sikhosana. He said the facility would help in developing emerging athletes in track and field, and appealed to the mayor to ensure the facility is ready to host athletes.
He said the condition of the stadium made it possible to host both national and international athletics meetings. He added this would also help boost local tourism as more spectators would come to watch top athletes competing.
The mayor said council was excited over the completion of the track which would help unearth local talent and ensure young people focus in sports and not on drugs.
CEO of the Africa Athletics LeagueWorld Wide Scholarships, who organised the Africa Athletics League, Munya Maraire, predicted record-breaking performances at the track, adding it was one of the best on the continent.
Construction for the R91 million facility started in 2011 and concluded in February this year. The stadium will be officially opened on September 22.
Watch: US olympian Inika McPherson at the Msunduzi Atheletic Stadium