Currently, the Republic of the Congo’s sports infrastructure is not on par with the level of international competition that is demanded of the country. Especially with the 11th All Africa Games taking place in September 2015 in Brazzaville, the Republic of the Congo needs to seriously upgrade their athletic facilities. That is precisely what is underway in Kintele right now—the construction of an Olympic complex fit for the demands of the 21st which 200,000 is set aside for roads and parking. In terms of buildings, the complex is complete with a stadium capable of seating 60,055 people; a sports palace with 10,140 seats, a center for aquatic activities with 2,028 seats, hotel buildings, media and administrative center, café and restaurant, exhibition center, the Olympic village to house the athletes and, of course, a heliport.
The stadium is the most marvelous feat of the Kintele complex, the largest ever built in the Republic of the Congo. It stands three stories tall with 58,000 seats dedicated to spectators, 1,800 to VIPs, 100 for those in the presidential lodge, and an additional 155 for media and other lodges. At its center lies the football field, measuring 150 by 60 meters, all made up of natural grass. Each 400 meter running track is composed of eight corridors, with areas for hammer toss, discus, javelin, long jump, and triple jump. And that’s just on the field. The stadium also has changing rooms, exercise and heating rooms, massage rooms, a sauna and an infirmary. Of course, non-athletes, such as referees, officials and the media all have their own rooms and amenities.
The facility is also outfitted with all the latest technical features that a sports complex requires. That includes a communications system for receiving and broadcasting over satellite and radio, state-of the-art surround sound system with a giant television screen, full ventilation system air treatment and, crucial for Brazzaville, air conditioning. Outside the stadium there a number of ancillary installations. For those in aquatic sports, there is a warm-up pool as well as a diving pool. There is an area for beach soccer, regular and beach volleyball, a petanque pitch, tennis, basketball and handball courts.
The sports palace houses tons of athletic arenas. It has basketball, volleyball, handball, and two tennis courts. Rooms for the officials, referees, sponsors and of course necessities like changing rooms, bathrooms, an infirmary, exercise and heating rooms, and even an anti-doping area. Also, there’s the center for aquatic sports, which features seating capable of holding over 2,000 spectators and a 50 meter by 25 meter Olympic length swimming pool. Construction on this incredible complex officially began on February 4, 2014. President Denis Sassou Nguesso announced the launch of construction alongside former president of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade.
Construction on this incredible complex officially began on February 4, 2014. President Denis Sassou Nguesso announced the launch of construction alongside former president of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade. The sports complex is symbolic of the Republic of the Congo’s advancing economic infrastructure. It is no wonder that work on the Kintele Olympic complex coincides with the momentous BUILD forum on African infrastructural development.