Refurbishment of venues on schedule
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