Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The NST : Delivery today

A HUGE question mark still looms over the completion of the aquatics centre for the Malaysia Games.

An inspection by Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) secretary-general Edwin Chong on Sunday showed that the venue did not meet safety requirements.

A decision on whether the venue would be used was supposed to be made yesterday, but Chong — when contacted — said the contractors were working on completing everything by today.

Shahidan and Chong met up with National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, Perlis Chief Minister Datuk Seri Azlan Man and the contractors for the venue late on Sunday.

“We had a meeting last night (Sunday) and the contractors gave their word that they would complete everything by tomorrow (today).

“There were a few flaws when we visited the venue, but we will allow the contractors to finish up,” Chong said.

Chong had said on Sunday that the anti-slip mats on the diving platforms and the lighting in the venue did not meet international standards.

One option was to remove the anti-slip mats from the Gunung Keriang Aquatics Centre in Kedah, and have them fixed in Perlis.

When asked if the events would be moved to Kedah instead, Chong replied: “I don’t want to speculate, the contractors are working on it.”

The aquatics events are to commence tomorrow, while the athletes who have already arrived are currently training at the aquatics centre in Kedah.

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