Urban Services to run stadium

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 June, 1998, 12:00am

Hong Kong Stadium will be managed by the Urban Services Department until the end of the financial year under a plan approved by the board of governors yesterday.

The department has taken on a temporary managerial role. It now has to submit a report on how it will run the stadium over the next nine months to the standing committee of the Provisional Urban Council for endorsement.

The proposal for the department to continue managing the stadium was raised after board members said they did not want to invite local or overseas tenders for the job.

Stadium manager Wembley International was sacked last month after being accused of committing a serious and persistent breach of its obligations.

Thirty-one of the 33 former non-management staff of Wembley have agreed to take temporary jobs with the Government.

All 33 staff are entitled to an ex-gratia payment of $500,000.

The department is still waiting for Wembley to sign bank documents allowing it to use $2 million deposited in three accounts held under the name of the former managers.