Re­fur­bish­ment of venues on sched­ule

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MALAYSIAN Re­sources Cor­po­ra­tion Ber­had (MRCB) yes­ter­day an­nounced that phase one of work on the Kuala Lumpur Sports City (KL Sports City) is 88 per cent com­pleted, well ahead of the com­ple­tion rate of 80 per cent which was ini­tially tar­geted at this point, for the KL Sea Games in Au­gust.

MRCB spe­cial project gen­eral man­ager S. Nal­gu­nalingam, in a me­dia brief­ing, also promised home ground ad­van­tage for lo­cal ath­letes who are ex­pected to test the fa­cil­i­ties of the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium, the newly re­branded Ax­i­ata Arena (for­merly Pu­tra Sta­dium), Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre and Na­tional Hockey Sta­dium by July, if not ear­lier.

“The pos­i­tive progress to build new and re­ju­ve­nated ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties at KL Sports City ahead of sched­ule once again demon­strates MRCB’s in­dus­try lead­er­ship in man­ag­ing and de­liv­er­ing com­plex projects that re­de­fine and re­new ar­eas of na­tional im­por­tance.

“We are con­fi­dent that an early han­dover of fa­cil­i­ties is pos­si­ble and will al­low for rig­or­ous test­ing and in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­cesses to take place.

“This will en­sure that all fa­cil­i­ties are fully com­pli­ant with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards,” said Nal­gu­nalingam, who also gave the me­dia an on site visit of the Na­tional Sta­dium.

Na­tional Sta­dium Board (PSM) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Az­man Fahmi Os­man said the Na­tional Sta­dium, which sports a new fa­cade, and the Na­tional Hockey Sta­dium are ex­pected to be com­pleted first fol­lowed by the Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre and the Ax­i­ata Arena.

“The Na­tional Sta­dium and the hockey sta­dium are al­most com­pleted and we will then be con­duct­ing tests on se­cu­rity, light­ing, sound sys­tem and other tech­ni­cal as­pects.

“As for the Ax­i­ata Arena and Na­tional Aquatic Cen­tre, we will have to wait for the in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing that from (world body) FINA.” added Az­man.

It is learnt that al­most RM500 mil­lion from the al­lo­cated RM1.6 bil­lion has been used for phase one which will be com­pleted be­fore the Games. Phase two will com­mence af­ter the Sea Games and Asean Para Games in Septem­ber. Fabian Peter

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