PUTRAJAYA: The National Velodrome in Nilai will be ready for use by end of this month.
The RM80mil velodrome, the country’s first indoor track, and three other venues will be handed over to the Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc) after construction and upgrading works for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games from Aug 19-30.
Also ready for use are the Subang Shooting Range, MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur for basketball and the Watersports Complex in Putrajaya for the waterski competition.
At the meeting, it was also decided to bring forward the closing ceremony a day earlier to Aug 30 to avoid clashing with the Merdeka Day celebrations on Aug 31 and Hari Raya Haji, which falls on Sept 1.
“We will do some adjustments to the schedules of four or five sports. We have to finish all the events in the early afternoon and then stage the closing ceremony in the evening on Aug 30.
“We don’t have a problem with that (bringing forward the closing ceremony) as we had earlier included a one day buffer into the original dates,” said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, adding that the registration of athletes by names will start next month.
More than 5,000 athletes from 11 South-East Asia countries are expected to compete in the biennial Games.
Malaysia are hosting the Games for the sixth time, having done so in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001.
Malaysia aim to win more than 100 golds from the 38 sports – comprising 405 events – to emerge as overall champions.