Saturday, 24 May 2014

The NST : Venues headache


THE 17th Malaysia Games in Perlis starts today, but the venues for aquatics and badminton are not fully completed.

The aquatics centre, especially, will have to be completed by tomorrow, or it will be moved to the Gunung Keriang Aquatics Centre in Kedah.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim who visited the aquatics centre yesterday said: “The venue should have been completed two days ago, but it has dragged on.
“The contractors, however, have informed us that they will be able to fill in the water by today (yesterday).

“The water, roof and diving platforms are the most important aspects of the centre.

“All these must be completed by Sunday, or we will have to shift the aquatic events to our alternative venue.”

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) and the Public Works Department (JKR) will conduct a check on the venue tomorrow, to ensure that it is safe for the athletes.

“Safety comes first. We will have to make sure that the water is not contaminated, even after the pools are filled.

“From what I see today, it looks like the centre is 98 per cent complete.

“But we will wait till Sunday to confirm,” added Shahidan, who visited the venue on behalf of Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Meanwhile, contractors are working around the clock to ensure the badminton venue is ready before the team event, which starts on Tuesday.

Workers putting the final touches to the Malaysia Games Aquatics Complex in Kangar yesterday. Bernama pic

Meanwhile, National Sports Council director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong has advised athletes and officials to not cross the border to Thailand.

“We have advised the contingents to not travel across the border, because it is not really safe at the moment.

“The athletes competing are also very young and it is not advisable to take any risk,” said Zolkples.

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