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held ei­ther in May or June, en­abling the ath­letes to test the venues and fa­cil­i­ties.

“The main ob­jec­tive for the pre-games is to test the venues’ fa­cil­i­ties, test the equip­ment, the judg­ing and re­sults sys­tems (that re­quires ICT) and to test the tech­ni­cal of­fi­cials. If the pre-games for the sport are run at the stip­u­lated venues then all four ob­jec­tives can be tested. How­ever, if they are held at dif­fer­ent venues, then only three of the four can be tested.”

Zolk­ples re­as­sured that when the KL Sports City is handed over in June, the ath­letes still have two months to test the fa­cil­i­ties.

On the Na­tional Velo­drome in Ni­lai, Zolk­ples said it will be handed over fully in April where the na­tional track cyclists will be­gin their train­ing with the pre-games be­ing held in May.

Zolk­ples’ hope is to see the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing man­aged care­fully even af­ter the con­clu­sion of the 29th Sea Games.

“For some­thing like the Sports City, there are many plans. It will be closed af­ter the Sea Games to start on its se­cond phase but I hope that the rest can be used for fu­ture pur­poses.”

He added that MASOC will be dis­solved af­ter Sea Games and will not have any au­thor­ity over the venues.

The pri­vately-owned venues that will be used for the event in­clude Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Trade and Exhibition Cen­tre (MITEC) and Em­pire City in Da­mansara.

The other ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture that will be used in­cludes Sun­way Pyra­mid (bowl­ing), MABA Sta­dium (bas­ket­ball), Kin­rara Oval (cricket) and the Pu­tra­jaya Wa­ter Sports Com­plex (triathlon and wa­ter­ski­ing).

MASOC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Zolk­ples Em­bong

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