KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) will hand over four venues under phase one of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City project in stages to the Ministry of Youth and Sports before the July 22 deadline.
MRCB General Manager S.Nalgunalingam said the refurbishment and upgrading work on four venues under the project – National Hockey Stadium 1 and 2, National Aquatics Centre, Bukit Jalil National Stadium and Axiata Arena (previously known as Putra Indoor Stadium) are almost completed with only minor works being carried out.
“The project is 99 completed and a lot of testing has been done for the past few weeks. We are in the midst of finalising the handing over of the National Aquatics Centre and also the National Hockey Stadium 1 and 2, next week and by end of July, we will hand over the Axiata Arena to the Ministry.
“The Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin visited the National Aquatics Centre yesterday and he was very happy with the upgrading work that has been done so far and I’m confident we are on the right track to finish all the upgrading work before the deadline,” he said after accompanying a number of national sports legends to a tour around the KL Sports City, here, today.
Among the national sports legends were Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan, Datuk Rabuan Pit (athletics), Datuk Santokh Singh, Khalid Ali, Datuk Soh Chin Aun (football) and Datuk James Selvaraj (badminton).
Commenting further, Nalgunalingam said all the venues except the National Aquatics Centre has already received a certificate from different world sports governing bodies such as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and also FIFA which are important requirements before the venues can be used to host any international events.
“Today, we have received a certificate from the International Hockey Federation. We will hold a few more testing this week and next week before the International Swimming Federation (FINA) can issue the certificate for the National Aquatics Centre,” he added.
After the completion of phase one at a cost of RM500 million and the 2017 SEA Games, MRCB will start phase two in January 2018.
The second phase will see the creation of the KL Sports City as a fully integrated sports hub that will consist of world class infrastructure including high performance training facilities, a rehabilitation science centre, a youth park, public facilities, convention centre, and a retail mall.
MRCB via its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd was selected by the Federal Government to undertake the KL Sports City project in October 2015. – BERNAMA