The newly-laid parquet floor in the badminton hall is coated with a thick layer of dust, the court lines are not drawn yet and the corridors and walkways of the hall were in the process of being cemented.
KANGAR: National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong has given his assurance that the State Aquatics Centre in Kangar will be ready in time for the Sukma aquatics competition, which begins on Wednesday.
While the hunt for Sukma medals in several sports begins today, the construction of the new aquatics centre, which will host the swimming and diving events, is not yet completed.
While the swimming pool is almost finished, there is still much to be done on the diving section. The overhead roof has yet to be installed, and work is going on to put the finishing touches on the diving pool’s flooring.
But Zolkples, who was at the venue on Friday to get a first-hand look at the progress, insists there is no need for a last-minute change of venue.
The Gunung Keriang Aquatics Complex in Alor Setar, Kedah, has been put on stand-by as a replacement venue.
“After taking a look at the work to be done and the time frame available, I am confident that the Aquatics Centre will be completed in time for the competition,” said Zolkples.
“We can run the competition as long as the builders hand over the completed venue at least one day before the competition starts.”
With the aquatics programme beginning on Wednesday, the builders need to get their work done by Monday night at the latest.
The swimming competition’s technical chairman Tang Kwai Mae said that she has not been informed of any changes by the organisers.
“The preparation of the venue is the responsibility of the Sukma secretariat. My job is to run the competition, and so far I have not been informed of any changes to either the venue or the competition schedule,” said Kwai Mae.
The aquatics centre is not the only Sukma venue that is not yet ready for competition.
The organisers claimed that the badminton hall, which is just a stone’s throw away from the aquatics centre, is ready after the court’s parquet floor was laid last week.
However, a check on Friday revealed that the venue is far from ready to be used for competition.
The newly-laid parquet floor is coated with a thick layer of dust, the court lines are not drawn yet and the corridors and walkways of the hall were in the process of being cemented.
The Sukma badminton competition begins on Tuesday.