‘Athletes need centralised facility to train’

Ramlan (second from left) during a visit to the Federal Territories Sukma Athletes Training Camp held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Looking on are MSWP director Dr Hasnil Faizal Hushin Amri (left) and Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa’s press secretary Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz (third from left).

THE Federal Territories Sports Council (MSWP) is hoping its athletes will have a proper centralised training facility once a sports complex is built in Putrajaya.

MSWP chairman Datuk Ramlan Askolani said plans for the purpose-built sports complex had been brought to the Federal Territories Ministry’s attention.

“At present, our athletes do not have a dedicated training facility and are scattered around the city.

“A sports complex will allow them to undergo systematic training with the proper infrastructure, ” he said, adding that Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) had earmarked land for such a facility in Section 13. In June, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa announced that there were plans for a RM40mil MSWP Complex, complete with a hostel for 200 athletes and with facilities such as football field, multipurpose hall and lawn bowl field.

Ramlan said this during a visit to the Federal Territories Sukma Athletes Training Camp, which was held at the Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

The four-day centralised training programme was in preparation for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2022 and will adopt a quarantine-based approach.

MSWP director Dr Hasnil Faizal Hushin Amri said this was the first time athletes would be training together since the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order.

“Under this approach, athletes and coaches will have no contact with outsiders and they will be ferried to and from training venues.

“This will also allow us to test out the new way of training and see how athletes and coaches respond, ” he said, adding that a similar approach would be held in Labuan for the athletes there.

Federal Territory weightlifting team coach Ahmad Janius Abdullah said it had not been easy for athletes to keep up with training during the MCO.

“They have had to train at home, which is not the most conducive environment.

“Previously, we trained at community halls but these facilities have been closed since March.

“Hopefully, these types of training camps will boost the athletes’ spirit during these challenging times, ” he said.

About 500 participants comprising athletes and coaches took part in the programme.

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