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Syria sport facilities transformed into army bases detention centers

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In Syria, everything can be destroyed. The regime’s war for survival knows no limits.

Even sport facilities can be destroyed, damaged or turned into military bases or detention centers

Such is the case of Damascus’s Abbasiyyin Stadium, which turned into a military base for the regime’s operations in the capital’s suburbs.

Football arenas in Latakia, Bab Amro and Aleppo were also transformed into military zones.

In Banyas, Deraa other stadiums have turned into detention centres, activists and athletes who escaped the war-torn country say.

On Sunday, these athletes gathered in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to try to preserve the country’s sporting body structure should the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and its institutions collapse.

They announced the formation of the Free Athletes Association. In statements to Al Arabiya, the athletes lamented the transformation of sport facilities in Syria into military barracks since the uprising that began last year.

They expressed concern over the fate of Syria’s sports archives and documents kept in Tishreen Sport City in Damascus which became a hotbed of the regime Shabbiha thugs and military forces.

They said they have begun talks with the Syrian opposition coalition and the opposition military council to try to secure sports facilities from further destruction.