Work on KL Sports City well ahead of schedule: MRCB

Fabian Peter

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) on Thursday announced that phase one of work on the Kuala Lumpur Sports City (KL Sports City) is already 88 per cent complete, well ahead of the 80 per cent which was initially targeted at this point, ahead of the KL Sea Games in Aug.

In a media briefing, MRCB special projects general manager S. Nalgunalingam also promised home ground advantage for local athletes who are expected to test the facilities of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, the newly-rebranded Axiata Arena (formerly Putra Stadium), the National Aquatic Centre and the National Hockey Stadium by July, if not earlier.

"The positive progress to build new and rejuvenated existing facilities at KL Sports City ahead of schedule once again demonstrates MRCB's industry leadership in managing and delivering complex projects that redefine and renew areas of national importance.

"We are confident that an early handover of facilities is possible and will allow for rigorous testing and international certification processes to take place.

"This will ensure that all facilities are fully compliant with local and international standards," said Nalgunalingam, who also gave members of the media an onsite visit of the National Stadium.

National Stadium Board (PSM) chief executive officer Azman Fahmi Osman explained that the National Stadium, which sports a new façade, and the National Hockey Stadium are expected to be completed sooner, followed by the National Aquatic Centre and the Axiata Arena.

It is learnt that almost RM500 million from the allocated RM1.6 billion have been used for phase one, which will be completed before the Games.

Phase two will commence after the Sea Games and Asean Para Games in Sept.