KUCHING: Work on the proposed wushu training and competition centre will commence this year after being delayed due to Covid-19 and the ensuing movement control orders.
Sarawak Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he had contacted the relevant agencies such as the Public Works Department (JKR) to expedite construction.
“Wushu has brought back multiple gold medals for Sarawak and it is befitting for the sport to have its own building. The government has approved the allocation and the site has been procured.
“What’s left is the nitty-gritty that we have to fine tune. This is what I want to speed up so that bureaucracy and so on are not so prominent that they slow down work,” he said at the Sarawak Sports Council (SSC) appreciation dinner here on Sunday (Jan 23).
He disclosed that currently, the Sarawak Wushu Federation was renting a place that was unsuitable for athletes to train.
“When I visited the training place, it was sad to see the conditions. That is why we want the federation to have a good and suitable place for training.
“Hence, the construction of its new training centre needs to be expedited,” Abdul Karim stressed, adding that it would take about 24 months for it to be fully completed.