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The construction of tennis courts at the Zimpeto Sports Complex in the Mozambican capital Maputo has come a step closer with the approval of a project by world tennis’s governing body the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the president of the Mozambican Tennis Federation (FMT), Valige Tauabo, has announced.
The eight-court project submitted to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in August last year was approved three months later and the Mozambican Tennis Federation could benefit from an investment of up to US$80,000 in the coming years.
This amount is part of the institution’s contribution to an initiative aimed at creating a new tennis centre, since the six courts at the Maputo Tennis Club next to Tunduru Gardens no longer come up to international standards.
The FMT expects work to start in May, with the construction of three courts and a stand.
The ITF has appointed a company to carry out the project, with the federations involved in the financing.
The project includes eight tennis courts, changing facilities bathhouses and a social centre, but the ITF investment covers only the courts, and the FMT has yet to find partners for the other areas of the project.
In fact, the ITF’s investment far exceeds initial expectations of just US$20,000. The FMT was unable to meet the necessary requirements for funding in 2016, forcing it to rethink its project into a more ambitious one, in particular because the ITF currently assesses and defines the amounts to be allocated to projects in terms of their size and impact.
“We may receive up to US$80,000, depending on other, less decisive requirements. What is important is that our project has already been approved, and we are doing a targeted internal fundraising campaign to sport and tennis institutions in particular,” the FMT president said.Source: Rádio Moçambique