2024 Sukma: S’wak to upgrade facilities, build velodrome in Kuching

17/03/2023 07:14 PM

KUCHING, March 17 (Bernama) -- Sarawak will upgrade its sports facilities, including building a velodrome here, as it prepares to host the 2024 Malaysia Games (Sukma).

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said that, as the host of the country’s biggest sporting event, the state is ready to provide all other facilities required.

“(Construction of the) Velodrome must be done as quickly as possible, the others (sports facilities and amenities) we already have, only need some upgrading.

“For us (Sarawak), the responsibility as the host is for national interest and we want to contribute but what is more important is that our athletes get exposure,” he told reporters after officiating the Borneo International Garden Expo 2023, here, today.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh announced that Sarawak will host the 2024 Sukma after chairing the Sukma Supreme Committee meeting yesterday.

The 2024 Sukma will see Sarawak becoming the host for the third time after the 1990 and 2016 editions.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the state government also wants the 2024 Sukma to be felt throughout Sarawak and not just limited to the Kuching area only.

“We want to involve other areas in Sarawak also, perhaps boxing can be held in Sri Aman, badminton in Sibu and we also want to involve Miri,” he added.