All the questions surrounding the proposed High Performance Sports Centre at Brickendonbury in Hertfordshire, London, will be answered after next month, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said said Tuesday.
She said a study on the proposed sports centre was almost completed and would be tabled at the Cabinet Committee on Sports Development meeting end of September.
“The final decision on the proposed sports centre will be made at the meeting,” she said in reply to an oral question from Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) at the Dewan Rakyat.
She refuted allegations by Lim that the cost of the proposed project was RM490 million, saying that the matter had yet to be decided by the cabinet committee.
To a supplementary question from Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN-Larut), Azalina said the government not only sent athletes to London for training but also other countries under a programme known as the Emersion approach.
She said that under the programme, athletes were not only sent for training and sports science assistance but also to expose them to international tournaments.
A sports centre like that proposed for Brickendonbury would serve as a “transit base” for Malaysian athletes prior to them being sent to tournaments in Europe, she added.
Lim, who was not satisfied with the answers given by Azalina, had in his blog at http://blog.limkitsiang.com, criticised the sports minister for being adamant in pursuing with the sports centre despite the project having been rejected by the people and MPs from various political parties.
Lim had said that the money for the project could be used to build sports centres in all parliamentary constituencies for sports development in the country.