TIEP will be ready for Games

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WITH less than 14 weeks to the Sea Games, the up­grad­ing work on the Tereng­ganu In­ter­na­tional En­durance Park (TIEP) will be com­pleted next month.

The venue for the eques­trian en­durance race in Pu­lau Bi­dong will be ready for rid­ers gun­ning for the two gold medals at stake in the event on Aug 20.

The Sports Min­istry’s de­vel­op­ment di­vi­sion sec­re­tary No­ra­zli Indzam was sat­is­fied with TIEP’s prepa­ra­tion fol­low­ing a two-day test event at the venue last week­end.

“Based on the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the pre-Sea Games event, I’m con­fi­dent that the event is in good hands as mem­bers of the lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee are widely ex­pe­ri­enced to han­dle the race.”

The pre-Sea games event saw a to­tal of 72 rid­ers from In­done­sia, Singapore, Cam­bo­dia, New Zealand and Malaysia com­pete in three events — 40 kilo­me­tres, 80km and the STC En­durance Chal­lenge.

The venue is cur­rently at 98 per cent af­ter un­der­go­ing ma­jor works such as up­grades of trail, sta­bles and other fa­cil­i­ties for rid­ers and of­fi­cials as well as spe­cial sta­bles built to serve as quar­an­tine fa­cil­i­ties for horses brought in from abroad.

As for se­cu­rity and safety, some 300 per­son­nel from the Royal Malaysian Po­lice, Rela and Armed Forces will be as­signed for du­ties at the venue.

An­other pre-Sea Games event (dres­sage and showjump­ing) will be held at the 3Q Eques­trian Club from May 30-31. Farah Azharie

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