Govt to complete Azizulhasni velodrome construction in Dungun - Steven Sim

Last update: 15/10/2019

DUNGUN, Oct 15 -- The construction of Azizulhasni Awang's velodrome at Balai Besar here, which has been delayed for the past nine years, will be completed under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government administration.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong said he was aware that the project had been long awaited by the people of Terengganu and he was optimistic that the construction work would be completed by September 2021.

"Indeed the velodrome project has been announced a long time ago, two (former) ministers have announced it before, this is the third minister (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) I think, under this third minister's administration, we will carry it out.

"Actually, we have tendered it. We're doing it through an open tender and the process has started. I hope by December, the construction work will start and will be completed within two years," he said after opening the Terengganu state level National Sports Month celebration at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Dungun Campus, here today.

State Youth, Sports and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Committee chairman Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah was also present at the event.

The status of the velodrome has been questioned by the people of Terengganu when the construction that was announced in 2010, has been delayed until today.

Sim noted that the velodrome construction cost was RM14 million and hoped it would help to produce more cyclist from Terengganu.

"Terengganu is well known in cycling such as Terengganu Inc TSG Cycling Team (TSG) and world-class athletes, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang," he said.

In the meantime, he noted that KBS was also planning to build a centre of excellence for water sports that focused on water sports such as sailing and canoe at Pulau Duyong, near Kuala Terengganu with a cost of RM10 million.

"There have been some obstacles in terms of access to the location. However, when we informed the Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar) at a meeting last night, the state government was willing to resolve the matter.

"We thanked the state government for their cooperation and hope that the centre of excellence will succeed in developing water sports in Terengganu," he said.