NILAI HOME OF SPORTS

Cen­tre for cy­cling, archery, box­ing and sepak takraw

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

NILAI will be the site for the new Na­tional Sports Coun­cil (NSC) com­plex. This was an­nounced by Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Na­tional Velo­drome in Nilai, yes­ter­day.

The new velo­drome will re­place the NSC in Kera­mat which has been taken over by De­wan Ban­daraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) for a hous­ing project.

Khairy said the com­plex will also be the new home for archery, box­ing and sepak takraw in an area next to the Na­tional Velo­drome in Nilai.

“The lo­ca­tion next to the velo­drome is the per­fect venue and I have sug­gested to the Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan gov­ern­ment to start work­ing on the land and also take over the man­age­ment of the closed hall that can be used for train­ing, dorms and archery.

“It will be one com­plex that houses cy­cling, archery, box­ing and sepak takraw and the is­sue re­gard­ing the land will be fi­nalised in the near fu­ture.”

The velo­drome will also act as the main venue for the na­tional track cy­cling pro­gramme as it is able to ac­com­mo­date 20 ath­letes at a time in the dorms where NSC will run the backup squad train­ing.

It will also be the of­fi­cial hub for the Ju­nior Cy­cling Malaysia pro­gramme af­ter the 2017 Sea Games with com­pe­ti­tions on a regular ba­sis.

“There will be a com­pe­ti­tion each week. So for those in­ter­ested, in­clud­ing ama­teurs, can come here be­cause there will be an open track day where the velo­drome will be open for all.

“In the morn­ings they will be trained on how to use the velo­drome by the de­vel­op­ment direc­tor. Then in the evenings the race will take place where it will un­earth track cy­cling tal­ents,” said Khairy who was at the na­tional velo­drome for the of­fi­cial open­ing with 85 days be­fore the Sea Games.

Cy­cling le­gends such as Datuk Ng Joo Ngan, Ros­man Alwi, M. Ku­mare­san, Josiah Ng and World Cham­pion Az­izul­hasni Awang were pre­sent at the event.

PIC BY HAZREEN MO­HAMAD

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din with Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Hasan (fourth from left) and Az­izul­hasni Awang at the launch of the Na­tional Velo­drome in Nilai yes­ter­day.

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