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Modi, Sirisena to dedicate renovated stadium to Sri Lankan people



New Delhi, June 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will jointly dedicate to the people of Sri Lanka the newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday morning.

While Sirisena will be present at the stadium in Jaffna, Modi will join the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi, an official statement issued here said. 

The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former mayor of Jaffna, the late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the Indian government at a cost of over Rs 7 crore ($1 million). 

The renovated stadium has a seating capacity of 1,850. It will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities, and assist the overall development of the youth of the northern province in Sri Lanka. 

The stadium has been in disuse since 1997. 

On the second International Day of Yoga on June 21, Modi and Sirisena will also witness the first major event at the renovated stadium. Over 8,000 people are expected to participate in the Yoga day celebrations.

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