Monday, November 11, 2013

Proposal On Training Velodrome Submitted To Federal Territories Ministry - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- The proposal to build a training velodrome in Kuala Lumpur has been submitted to the Federal Territories Ministry, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

"We hope the application, which was also followed up with an official letter, will be approved as soon as possible to enable track cyclists to carry out training," he said.

He said he had discussed with Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the matter and informed him that Kuala Lumpur did not need a Class One velodrome which would entail a large expenditure.

He said a Class One velodrome would only be built in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, which is reported to cost RM80 million.

"What we need now is a replacement of the existing velodrome in Cheras with a training velodrome," Khairy said, adding that the Kuala Lumpur velodrome in Cheras would only be demolished when the training velodrome was completed.

He said this to reporters at sponsorships handing over ceremony for National Sports Council (MSN)-Media sports meet in Bukit Jalil here today. The Media-MSN Sports Meet which started today and ends on Sunday is being held to boost ties between the media and national sports organisations.

The Kuala Lumpur Velodrome, the venue for cycling events at the historic Commonwealth Games 1998, will be demolished for commercial purposes.

Khairy said the construction of the training velodrome was important in the effort for the country to qualify itself for the Classic World Cup Series, Asian Cycling Championship, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championship.

To avoid adversely affecting the training of racers if the training and Class One velodromes could not be completed in two years, Velodrome Rakyat in Ipoh, Perak would be upgraded and repaired, he said.

Meanwhile, asked on the number of sport events that would be contested at the 2017 SEA Games as Malaysia had agreed to be the hosts of the bi-annual event for the fourth time, he said MSN would discuss with the Malaysian Olympic Council on the matter.

-- BERNAMA

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