Training of the cycling team at the Velodrome KL for Sukma

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After a four-year closure, the Kuala Lumpur Velodrome in Cheras has been reopened for the Kuala Lumpur cycling team to train ahead of the 2022 Malaysia Games (Sukma).

Kuala Lumpur Cycling Association (PBKL) president Ahmad Arif Astaman said permission to reopen the 34-year-old site was granted following discussions with developer Dupion Development Sdn Bhd, who owns the land.

“Teams are allowed to train at this velodrome all the way to Sukma at the discretion of the landowners, who are happy to let the athletes use this site despite the cost of delayed construction at the site.

“With this site, the coaches have the possibility to control the training program of the young runners since they do not have to share the training center with other runners”, he said during a training session of the Kuala Lumpur cycling team at the velodrome.

Commenting on the safety of the velodrome, Ahmad Arif was optimistic that the iconic venue had a safe surface to use as a training ground, thanks to research carried out by former national racer and veteran coach Datuk Ng Joo Ngan.

“Although it hasn’t been maintained for almost four years, this track is quite safe to use. But during the rainy season, no training will take place, ”Ahmad Arif said.

“The cyclists will wait until the track is dry and we will determine a safe route for the athletes to negotiate,” he said.

He added that PBKL would submit a proposal to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Federal Territories Department to provide a new velodrome as a training center for cyclists.

Young Kuala Lumpur cyclist Ahmad Syafiq was extremely happy with the temporary reopening of the Kuala Lumpur velodrome which allowed him and his team to train for the next Sukma.

“It’s a joy to train on this velodrome because before that, we only trained on the road.

“This place (Cheras) is closer than the Nilai National Velodrome, which is quite expensive to get there,” said the 18-year-old cyclist.

Ng described the Cheras velodrome as an ideal training center due to its open structure, which is exposed to the sun, as well as its concrete track, compared to an enclosed velodrome with a wooden track surface.

Based on previous media, DBKL sold the 4.8 ha area to a developer and the last time a competition was held on this site was in March 2017, before it was closed for demolition in order to make way for the construction of commercial projects. – Bernama


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