ASPIRE Dome wins top award

Facilities are a symbol of regional growth.

The ASPIRE Dome has won a silver award from the International Association for Sport and Leisure Facilities (IAKS).

Commenting on the award Dr. Thomas Flock, ASPIRE director general said: "The facilities have become a fantastic symbol of the continuing growth of the region. These buildings are also part of the attraction for the hundreds of visitors to the ASPIRE Academy in recent months."

The venue, which hosted the Asian Games in 2006, was one of 88 sports and leisure facilities from 27 countries to take part in the contest. The jury awarded four gold, four silver and 12 bronze medals, as well as 9 special distinctions in different categories.

The state-of-the-art steel structure houses an olympic-sized swimming pool and diving area, a 200-metre athletics track, a gymnastics hall, a games hall, a full-sized football field and a five-a-side pitch, 11 tennis courts, 13 table tennis courts, eight fencing strips, two squash courts and a wood-floored judo and karate studio.

Designed by Roger Taillibert the architect behind the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, the dome is the largest indoor facility of its kind in the world.

The IOC/IAKS awards ceremony will take place in Germany on 31 October.

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