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In Macao, the government has reportedly announced plans to turn the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome Club into a cultural, recreational, sports and educational facility once the long-running greyhound racing venue is closed next year.

According to a report by Asia Gaming Brief, the government saw in July for the former Portuguese enclave mandate that Asia’s only greyhound racing facility be closed or relocated by 21 July next year. The order was a response to the ongoing protests of animal rights activists and a downturn, with the venue reporting an annual profit of only $ 600,000, down 82% from the previous 12 months.

In the face of this ultimatum, the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome, which has been hosting races since 1963 at its current location in the northern parish of Nossa Senhora De Fatima, announced that it still hopes to continue its operations elsewhere, but has not yet finalized a final plan to have his future.


“The government’s basic mandate is to develop the associated land to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood,” said Paulo Martins Chan, director of the Gambling Supervision and Coordination Office, recently in a review of the facility to legislator Kwan Tsui Hillside . “[We] are considering changing the country for cultural, recreational, sports and educational facilities after the greyhound racetrack has been removed from the property.”

Chan reportedly announced in June that the government intends to decide what to do with the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome website before the end of 2016. The area has seen an increasing demand for sports facilities.