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SPORTING FACILITIES STEAL LIMELIGHT DURING OLYMPIC DELEGATE VISIT

9 Oct 2005

NIACThe National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff was also a cauldron of activity as the group assembled to view some of Wales’ leading élite athletes with a disability in full training mode. The Sports Council for Wales injected £5 million of lottery funding into the centre which boasts a 200m banked track, sports injuries clinic and can easily accommodate other sports including netball and volleyball. It is also the training HQ of Olympic and Paralympic athletes Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell and Lloyd Upsdell.

The state-of-the-art Wales National Velodrome in Newport also impressed. As one of only two such facilities in the UK, the lottery funded arena has helped cultivate the talents of Olympians Nicole Cooke, Julian Winn and the young talent, Geraint Thomas. It boasts a 250m cycling track, indoor sports arena, sports science facilities and a 4m wide closed road circuit to the exterior.

Sports Minister Alun Pugh was on hand to welcome the delegation to Wales:

"Wales and China are already forging strong links in the fields of economic development, education and culture and I was very pleased to build on those connections in welcoming the Chinese Olympic delegation to Wales. We have got a lot to offer competitors as well as visitors to the London 2012 Games and I am sure the Chinese delegation will carry away a very favourable impression of the facilities here in Wales."