JOHOR BARU: Johor is planning to build four new sporting infrastructures as it prepares to host the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in 2020 for the second time.
State Youth, Sports and Cul-ture committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said this year, the state government would focus on building the new sporting infrastructures – Sports City (rugby, shooting, athletics), Arena Emas (squash, archery, petanque, lawn bowls), Arena Larkin (bad-minton and aquatics) and Velodrome Johor.
“We need to build some new ones as most of the facilities here were built when Johor last hosted the Sukma in 1992,” he said when met at Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar here yesterday.
The Velodrome Johor, which will be built within Iskandar Puteri with a cost of almost RM50mil, will be the country’s fourth velodrome after Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan and Perak.
Mohd Khuzzan said that construction of the new infrastructures would begin in the first quarter of this year and would be ready before the Sukma starts in July next year.
He added that the state government has identified the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai campus as the ideal location for the Sukma Games Village.
“Thousands of people including athletes, chef de missions and members of the media will be placed at UTM as the university has more than 1,000 rooms available.
“The UTM Skudai campus’ strategic location is the reason why we picked it to be the Sukma Games Village as it will be easy for the athletes and media to travel between venues,” he said.
Mohd Khuzzan pointed out that there might be a possibility that there would be 26 events for Sukma in Johor compared to 29 events in Ipoh but the matter was yet to be finalised and is still being discussed with the Games committee.
He said that Johor would need between 2,000 and 5,000 volunteers from university students, school students and youths to be part of the Sukma.
“We want to be the best host in the history of Sukma and we will make sure we are able to achieve it,” he added.