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Published: Thursday September 5, 2013 MYT 5:31:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 5, 2013 MYT 5:33:55 PM

World-class velodrome to be built in Nilai, not KL

Nestle Malaysia and Singapore region head Alois Hofbauer (second from left) and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin officiating the launch of Milo Fuel for Champions as OCM vice president Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (right) looks on.

Nestle Malaysia and Singapore region head Alois Hofbauer (second from left) and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin officiating the launch of Milo Fuel for Champions as OCM vice president Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah (right) looks on.

KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that the only Class 1 velodrome in the country will be built in Nilai and not Kuala Lumpur.

Khairy said the ministry has decided to continue with the proposal of building the RM80mil indoor velodrome in Nilai, as mooted by the Prime Minister last year in the 2013 Budget.

“There will be only one world-class velodrome and it will be in Nilai. There is no need for two world-class velodromes to be built,” said Khairy.

He was speaking after the launch of the Milo Fuel For Champions campaign for athletes going to the Myanmar SEA Games in December at the National Aquatics Centre in Bukit Jalil.

The decision of where the world-class velodrome should be built became a subject of debate in recent times after Kuala Lumpur City Hall was reported planning to build one in Cheras to replace the old velodrome.

Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president, Datuk Naim Mohamad, who is also in the ministry’s national velodrome development committee, had earlier suggested that the Government’s allocation to build the velodrome be used instead to build basic level velodromes across the country since there would be one built in Cheras.

However, the ministry has put its foot down with Khairy saying “it would be completed in Nilai before we host the SEA Games in 2017”.

Naim, when met at the same event, was happy with the ministry’s final decision.

“We are glad that the ministry is going ahead with the proposal to build the velodrome in Nilai. Regardless of the location, we are happy that we are finally getting a world-class velodrome.

“As for the proposed velodrome in Cheras, it is up to City Hall to decide on the project since it is their money. But we hope that they pour the money into the sport,” he said.

Tags / Keywords: cycling, velodrome, Nilai, Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysian National Cycling Federation, Naim Mohamad, Milo Fuel For Champions

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