Plan for X Games park to promote extreme sports among youths

MBIP says the X Games @ Youth Park will be located at the new Velodrome Johor.

ISKANDAR Puteri City Council (MBIP) plans to develop the X Games@Youth Park to encourage and promote extreme sports among youths.

Iskandar Puteri mayor Datuk Salehuddin Hassan said the council hoped to get the financial allocation channelled by the Federal Government to the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda).

“We hope to meet with Irda soon and discuss the project, ’’ he said during his winding-up speech at the MBIP full council meeting.

He added that MBIP had identified the site for the X Games @Youth Park, to be located at the newly constructed Velodrome Johor near EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia.

The Johor Velodrome was built for the 20th edition of Malaysia Games (Sukma) which had originally been slated to be held in the state from July 11 to 19,2020.

However, Johor government has postponed the event to 2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be the second time in Sukma’s history that Johor will play host. The last time it was held in the state was in 1992.

“We want to provide a one-stop place dedicated for youths in Iskandar Puteri to engage in active and healthy lifestyles, ’’ said Salehuddin.

He said the proposed X Games @ Youth Park would have facilities for skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX riders.

He added that the city also had the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, a RM200mil football stadium with 40,000 seating capacity that opened last February.

Separately, Salehuddin said MBIP had issued notices on the upcoming council meeting dates to the 14 councillors.

He was replying to the matter raised by the chief whip Ya’cob Atan who said they did not receive notices for the final meeting in 2020.

Ya’cob expressed hope that MBIP could improve its delivery system by sending the notice of meetings in advance in order to give the councillors enough time to do their homework and raise issues.

“I will direct the secretary to look into the matter and will ensure this will not happen again in the future, ’’ said Salehuddin.

He said the council had gone paperless and reminded the councillors to check their emails regularly, adding that they could also download minutes from the previous meetings.

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