MAAU to seek alternative if Ranau Sports Complex not ready
Published on: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) has urged the Sabah Sports Council (LSNS) to expedite basic facilities for athletes to train at the Ranau Sports Complex in Sabah.MAAU Deputy President Karim Ibrahim said if there was a delay by LSNS to equip the complex with the basic facilities by end of the month, MAAU would have no choice but to look for an alternative location for athletes to train and prepare for the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia (November).

"Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Peter Pang En Yin had agreed to help MAAU to ensure the place was ready but the authorities entrusted with the task have not carried out the Minister's directive.

"They (LSNS) do not seem to have the interest of the national athletes at heart or not interested in athletes training in Ranau. It will be a big loss to state athletes in the end," he told Bernama Monday.

He said those given the responsibility were only good in offering promises but have not fulfilled them and those involved are not even replying letters sent by MAAU.

Karim said MAAU had always viewed the needs of athletes seriously because such matters are important to ensure success.

"National athletes must start training quickly. Latest by May because the MAAU has plans to send some of the athletes for competitions abroad," he said.

The MAAU were given the green light by the National Sports Council (NSC) to send 15 athletes and five coaches to start training at the Ranau Sports Complex in February but the complex situated about 700m above sea level has not equipped with basic facilities.

The construction of the Ranau Sports Complex which started in 2007 was scheduled to be completed by end of the month. - Bernama


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