Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No Plans To Reduce Motorsport Events Despite Recent Fatal Accidents - Khairy

PUTRAJAYA, May 20 (Bernama) -- The Youth and Sports Ministry has no intention to reduce motorsport races in the country despite a number of fatal accidents at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said though there have been a number of fatal accidents involving riders, the popularity of motorsport cannot be ruled out since has its own fans.

"Certainly we are saddened by recent reports of fatal accidents and we would like to offer the families of victim our deepest condolences and ...we pray and hope that there will not be similar incidents," he told reporters here Tuesday.

On Friday, a Malaysian Super Series (MSS) rider, Amaludin Abd Rahman, 42, died after being involved in an accident during a practice session for the first round of the MSS race at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

The SIC in a statement had said Amaludin, who participated as a novice under the Super Stock B category, was believed to have lost control of his machine at Turn 15 and crashed into the tyre barrier in the mishap which occurred at 4.30pm.

Amaludin who suffered serious injuries was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.

On Saturday (May 18), a Singaporean superbiker, Milton Poh, 41, died after crashing into a pit wall at the Sepang Circuit.

Poh, 41, succumbed to head injuries at the Putrajaya Hospital after the accident at the start of the Superbike race.

The fatal was the fourth at SIC since 2011.

Meanwhile, Khairy said all venues for the SUKMA, that will be hosted by Perlis, including the newly built aquatic centre, have been handed over to the Perlis state government.

"The state government need to get the approval of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) before it can be used. Asum must certify the pool as safe for competition," said Khairy.

-- BERNAMA

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