Ukraine’s steel producers union said this month that output fell by more than 70% last year because of Russia’s invasion and the destruction of major plants.
“We’ve found solutions to source steel from other places in Europe including in the east, in Poland, but also a number of manufacturing plants in Southern Europe in order to contain delays and aim to finish the works in 2023,” Rosa said on Monday.
The construction work, which costs about 138 million euros ($150 million), requires 1,500 tons of steel.
The place will be called Adidas Arena after a deal reported to be worth around 2.8 million euros ($3 million) per year with the sportswear company was approved by city hall last year.
The arena itself will seat up to 8,000 people for sports events and live performances, and it will become the future home of Paris Basketball club.
Two gymnasiums next to the venue will provide sport facilities that are much needed in one of the poorest areas of the capital, according to Paris City Hall. In recent years, the location had been home to hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers living in squalid conditions in makeshift camps that have been regularly cleared by police.
During the Paralympics, the facilities will host badminton and weightlifting events, and will later be used by a wheelchair basketball club for practice.
“It’s the only venue that we’re having to build in the city of Paris for the Olympic Games," said Eve Brunelle, equipment project manager at the Paris Olympic and Paralympic delegation at city hall. “We’re renovating many, including training grounds for the Games.”
Other major construction work includes Olympic Village, which will house about 15,000 athletes and officials, and the swimming pool, both located in the suburban area north of Paris.
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