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Friday September 6, 2013 MYT 5:36:00 PM
Friday September 6, 2013 MYT 5:37:32 PM
PETALING JAYA: The existence of a velodrome in the heart of Kuala Lumpur now lies in the hands of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
After Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the only Class 1 velodrome in the country would be built in Nilai, DBKL now have the prerogative to either build one or not.
DBKL are slated to build a new velodrome to replace the old one in Cheras. The land where the old velodrome is situated has been acquired by a property developer.
DBKL director general Datuk Salleh Yusup said that the developer was obliged to replace the DBKL-owned velodrome with a new one after acquiring the plot of land.
“We will not build the velodrome ourselves ... it will be done by the developer. It is their obligation to replace it as it sits on the plot of land that they’ve purchased,” he said.
But things could turn out differently should DBKL decide there is no real need for a velodrome in Kuala Lumpur and channel the resources from selling the plot of land elsewhere.
“We will discuss the matter further. The situation has changed a bit and we need to look into it thoroughly,” said Salleh.
Although the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) was happy with the Ministry’s decision, a second velodrome in Kuala Lumpur would be a boon to cycling.
MNCF deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said they would suggest to DBKL to build a basic covered velodrome housed inside a multi-purpose complex to maximise usage instead of going for another world-class track.
One example is the Cottbus Velodrome Complex in Germany. The track and spectator area are fully covered and the complex comes complete with a tennis court and dormitories.
“That’s an idea we can share with DBKL if they still want to build a velodrome. The existence of another velodrome, regardless of its class, will benefit the sport,” said Naim.
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