Look­ing forward to the big day

It will ben­e­fit ath­letes and sports de­vel­op­ment in na­tion, says Na­jib

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FER­NANDO FONG KUALA LUMPUR kee.soon@nst.com.my Page 1 pic: Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day. PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

THE re­fur­bished Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium, which will be un­veiled on Thurs­day dur­ing Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, will ben­e­fit ath­letes.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, who dropped by as prepa­ra­tions for the cel­e­bra­tion were be­ing car­ried out, said it would be a cat­a­lyst for the de­vel­op­ment of sports.

The sta­dium, which seats 140,000, had been given a facelift.

In a tweet af­ter the visit, Na­jib said: “Mon­i­tor­ing the prepa­ra­tion at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium this af­ter­noon. The field looks im­pres­sive. Hope­fully, it will ben­e­fit ath­letes and the na­tion’s sports de­vel­op­ment.”

He was ac­com­pa­nied by Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din and Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rauf Yu­soh.

The sta­dium will be the main venue for the 29th SEA Games, with the theme of “Rise To­gether”.

It will be held from Aug 19 to 31 and its clos­ing cer­e­mony will be held in con­junc­tion with the 60th Merdeka Day, while the Asean Para Games will be held from Sept 17 to 23.

This will be the sixth time Malaysia is host­ing the Sea Games.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day. With him are Umno ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rauf Yu­soh (left) and Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din (third from left).

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