KUCHING: Sports venues and facilities in Sarawak will be ready to receive over 8,000 athletes and officials when the state hosts the 18th Malaysia Games (Sukma) next year.
State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani said the state government had spent RM350mil to upgrade existing facilities and build new venues for the event.
“We are closely monitoring the preparations for Sukma, especially the construction and upgrading works for sports facilities which will be used in the Games.
“So far we are satisfied with the level of preparations at the sports venues in Kuching, Sibu and Miri,” he said on a site visit to various venues.
One of the new facilities is the RM163mil Sarawak Aquatic Centre next to the State Stadium in Petra Jaya here, which will host swimming and diving events. Construction began in April 2013 and it is scheduled for completion next February.
Besides the aquatic centre, Morshidi visited the new lawn bowls venue beside Stadium Perpaduan, which is expected to be completed in April next year at a cost of RM6mil.
In addition, he inspected the RM7mil Sarawak Squash Centre and the RM12mil archery range, both also due for completion next April.
A total of 24 sports will be competed in at the 18th Sukma from July 22 to 31. Of these, 19 are compulsory sports, including aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, bowling, cycling, football, hockey, karate, lawn bowl, sailing, shooting, silat, squash, sepak takraw, taekwondo, weightlifting, wushu and volleyball.
Five optional sports to be competed are boxing, gymnastics, golf, petanque and tennis.
The Sarawak contingent will compete in all 24 sports with the target of becoming overall champion. The state was previously Sukma champion in 1990, 1992 and 1994.
Various activities will be held starting next year to promote the Games. Among them is the Sukma 2016 baton run in February, which will visit every district in the state from Lawas to Kuching.