Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Malaysian games / Athletics: Organisers: Stadium will be ready on time

IT’S been a rushed job but the Malaysia Games athletics competition will not be affected by delays in completion of work at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak.

Venue coordinator Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad said the stadium management had promised that the lining of lanes for the athletics track would be completed by today with half the work already done yesterday, while technical equipment for the athletics competition are already prepared.

“I don’t foresee a problem, but of course right now everything is being rushed.

“The Malaysian AAU (MAAU) has already sent its technical delegation down earlier to be prepared for any glitches, so we are all working to make sure everything is in place,” said Rajemah.

The new Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, while looking good to be among the better sporting facilities in the country, was found to be lagging as far as construction work was concerned.
With two days to the opening ceremony, the venue was still not fully prepared, prompting fears that the athletics competition would be affected.

“On the stadium side, things have been delayed, but on the technical side for the athletics competition we’re well-prepared.

“We’re already fine-tuning the photo-finish equipment and we were testing the interfacing today (yesterday).

“We hope that the track lining will be completed by tomorrow (today) so we can have some tests prior to the competition,” said Rajemah.

“We still have some time before the athletics competition is scheduled to start on June 4 (next Wednesday), so after the stadium is used for the opening ceremony on Saturday, everything should be ready on time so the athletes can try out the track prior to the start of competition.”


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