PASIR GUDANG: All 10 districts in Johor will likely be involved in the Sukma Games 2020, as the state government designs a cost-effective plan to host the event.
Johor Youth, Sports, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Zulkurnain Kamisan said that early preparations were necessary to minimise problems and to ensure venues to conduct the sporting events were sufficient.
“We are looking at it from all angles to ensure our existing facilities are fully utilised before building new ones, which is why we have started early preparations.
“Not only is the setting up of a new facility expensive but we also have to be mindful of its long-term maintenance cost,” he told reporters after launching the Silat Cekak Pusaka Hanafi Instructors’ Day celebration here on Sunday.
Taking the recent Sukma in Sarawak as an example, Zulkurnain said that the state government was carrying out a detailed planning to ensure that allocations do not go to waste.
“We are analysing past events, including the recently concluded Sukma in Sarawak, to come up with the best ways to go about it, as we do not want to end up with too much maintenance for new facilities.
“We are likely to get all districts involved in the games, a similar approach as to how we had hosted it back in 1992, he added.
Zulkurnain also said that the construction of a tennis court in Nusa Duta as well as a track and field stadium in Mount Austin was already underway.
“We have also started upgrading works for the Larkin sports arena, which is also among the venues identified for Sukma,” he said, adding that they were still in need of a stadium for the launching ceremony.
He pointed out that besides the setting up of facilities, the government was also in the midst of identifying and preparing athletes for the games.
“As it will be our home ground, we are gunning for the overall first or second place in 2020, he said.
During the event, Zulkurnain also announced RM50,000 in funds for the Silat Cekak Pusaka Hanafi Association to continue its efforts on keeping the traditional Malay martial arts alive.