Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The NST : SPORTCHECK: Back-up plans in place

By Ili Shazwani

SPORTS Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is confident the Perlis Aquatic Centre and Badminton Complex will be ready in time for the Malaysia Games.

However, Khairy said the government has prepared a backup plan should the two venues not be delivered by Thursday, or if tests later show the facilities are not safe to be used.

Khairy said the ministry had approved RM300,000 to refurbish and upgrade the aquatic centre in Alor Star.

He said the state government has the Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) stadium as badminton’s reserve venue.

Khairy also praised the state government and relevant agencies for monitoring the progress works which saw construction work for the aquatic centre and badminton complex 73 per cent and 63 per cent completed respectively.

“Although we are rushing to ensure all infrastructure and facilities are ready for the Games, we will not compromise on safety.We will get the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) to carry out an inspection once the venue is delivered by May 15 as part of the safety measures.

“Should the tests show the venue does not comply with safety standards, we will have to revert to the back-up plan but as for now, everybody is trying their level best to make sure a smooth Malaysia Games,” he said after a visit to the venues at the Utama Stadium yesterday.

He was accompanied by National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong and state sports and youth committee chairman Abdul Jamil Saad. The Games are on May 24-June 4.

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin inspects the Perlis Aquatic Centre in Kangar yesterday. Pic by Amran Hamid

Read more: SPORTCHECK: Back-up plans in place - Other - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/other/sportcheck-back-up-plans-in-place-1.594899#ixzz31bZrNaT1

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