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29 Aug 2017

Exercise with caution: At a glance, the Stadium Sultan Sulaiman may look all right with many people seen using the facility to exercise and train. However, upon closer inspection, one will discover the numerous damaged and vandalised facilities in the stadium.

Athletes, students and the public are urging Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to take immediate rectification steps on Stadium Sultan Sulaiman, which is in a state of disrepair and poses a health risk to its users.

Coaches have raised concerns that the lack of maintenance for the track had resulted in its synthetic rubberised surface’s adhesive binder peeling. The surface has become uneven and rippled and pieces of the rubber are coming off in patches along the running track.

Selangor School Sports Council’s technical and development hockey and coaching chairman Mohd Azlan Aziz said athletes, joggers and senior citizens doing brisk walk could end up with sprains, injuries to their ankles and knees or, worse, trip and fall.

“Athletes need a proper rubberised track that is supposed to give a consistent cushioned impact for runners, but the existing track is a far cry from what it once was,” said Mohd Azlan, who is a former sportsman.

The worn out and 'potholed' synthetic track at Klang’s Stadium Sultan Sulaiman is not suitable for athletes to train on.

Most school athletic events in the Klang district are held at Stadium Sultan Sulaiman but the infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

The increasing number of complaints from the public about the pathetic conditions of the outdoor stadium raises questions over MPK's lack of urgency in repairing as well as refurbishing the sports facility and ensuring the safety of its users.

Marathon runner Yuki Lee Siew Yoke, 37, who suffered a fall two months ago during a training session due to the undulating surface of the rubberised track, said she hurt her ankle in the incident.

“I escaped with only slight muscle soreness but I fear what could happen if the track was not replaced soon.

“MPK must immediately look into the issue before a serious incident occurs,” she said.

The changing room is in bad shape with the doors to the toilets vandalised and electrical wiring ripped off so the installed lights do not work in the room.

Mohd Azlan pointed out that the whole stadium complex needed to be refurbished.

“Each time it rains, water collects in several areas along the running track because of poor drainage,” he said.

Former National and Olympic Games chief coach Paramalingam Chelliah, better known as Param, said he was disappointed with the worn-out conditions of the track-and-field facilities.

“Without excellent sports facilities in the district, it will be difficult to hone new talents and groom more sportsmen for Selangor.

“The upkeep of this stadium is terrible and it is dangerous for those who go there for training and practice.

“You see a thin rubber surface, which means people are walking or running on asphalt. Users will suffer more injuries,” he noted.

Bucket seats at Stadium Sultan Sulaiman are worn out while others are broken or missing.

Former Selangor Economic Development Corporation employee and avid jogger G. Gunasingam, 65, pointed out that the bucket seats in the stands were broken or missing and even the rusted barrier rails had dislodged from the metal brackets.

A visit by StarMetro found that the changing room was in a sorry state, while the toilet cisterns were damaged and tap heads ripped out.

Even the electrical fittings were broken, stolen or damaged.

Norma Abdullah, 76, a professional tai chi instructor, said there was no electricity in the women’s toilets where even the ceiling panels had fallen down.

Several sheets of zinc roof above the spectators gallery at Stadium Sultan Sulaiman have fallen off, while the remaining sheets keep flapping in the wind.

“People come to the stadium as early as 5.30am to exercise. The lack of lighting is a safety concern, especially for women,” she said.

Businessman Soh Soon Cheong, 80, said the stadium’s ceiling at numerous sections had collapsed due to rainwater leaking from the displaced roofing.

Mohd Azlan said, “MPK must have a full-fledged Sports Department, with an eye on continuous maintenance of sports facilities.

“With good facilities, the municipal council can provide exposure for sports talents to excel.”

He added that a refurbished stadium instilled a stronger sense of pride in the local community, athletes and coaches using the facility.

Source: The Star Online

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