Buluk Ground to have facelift ahead EA Inter-Parliamentary Games

Buluk Ground to have facelift ahead EA Inter-Parliamentary Games
Speaker Nunu Kumbu launching the construction of a tartan track at Buluk Ground. [Alex Bullen, City review]

​South Sudan might have the first tartan track even as the country gears up to host her maiden East African Inter-Parliamentary Games.
Juba will play host to other regional lawmakers in December.

South Sudanese Parliamentarians made their debut at the regional games last year in Tanzania.
The Games are organised by EALA​​ to create a bond between the regional legislators from both Houses of Parliament in their respective countries.

As part of the preparation, South Sudan has earmarked to start construction of a track around the Buluk Ground pitch that will host athletics events.

The track will be a joint initiative between the national government and Sudan Athletic Federation (SSAF).

The construction work was inaugurated by Speaker Jemma Nunu Kumbu and South Sudan Olympic Committee (SSOC) President Stephen Juma and National Minister of Youths and Sports Dr Albino Bol.

With the ongoing work, Buluk playground will be closed for any activities until the end of August.

“We all understand that South Sudan is behind in terms of hosting international events due to a lack of facilities. We were supposed to host several regional games, including East African Police and Military Games, which did not happen as it was planned,” Eche Wanji, Regional Integration and East African Affairs Committee of the Young Parliamentarian Forum, the chair said.

If completed, the Buluk Ground athletics track will be the first of its kind in the country.

Albino Bol Dhieu, the National Minister of Youths and Sports, that plans are underway to construct an additional two soon.

“Such sports infrastructure is very important for a country like South Sudan, and if completed, South Sudan will be able to host international athletic games that the country has been missing due to lack of standard facilities,” Bol said.