RM13.2 million wushu centre soon

An artist impression of the proposed Wushu Training and Competition Centre at Petra Jaya.

KUCHING: The state government through Ministry of Youth and Sports is setting up a Wushu Training and Competition Centre in Petra Jaya here.

Construction work will begin in February next year and is expected to take about 15 months to complete.

State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state Cabinet had already approved the proposed site with a ceiling cost of RM13.2 million.

“Wushu has brought good name and image to the state at the national and international levels.

“It is only fair for the Sarawak Wushu Federation to have a good place for training and to host competitions so that it can continue to groom good state and national athletes,” he told reporters in a press conference held at Stadium Petra Jaya here on Monday (Nov 30).

Located between the Gymnastic stadium and the shooting range off Jalan Stadium (Ring), the proposed centre will be built on a 3.1- acre site. 

It will be equipped with two training carpets, a running track, an outdoor warming up area, a collapsible seating area for up to 800 persons and a stage.

The centre will have natural ventilation and wushu international standard lighting.

Also present at the press conference on Monday were Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Sarawak Sports Corporation chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee, the ministry’s permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi and Sarawak Wushu Federation president Allen Wong and deputy president James Ting.