Friday, May 27, 2005

Keeping stadia in tip-top condition ( 27/05/2005 - The Malay Mail)

Publication : MM
Date : 27/05/2005
Headline : Keeping stadia in tip-top condition

IT'S about time stadium boards in the country think seriously about
proper maintenance and getting the requisite funds approved.
Malaysia boast of some of the finest and international-standard
stadiums compared to many developed countries.
Billions of ringgit have been spent over the years building these
But more often than not, allocations are not made in the budget for
maintenance when constructing the stadium, be it the building itself,
pitch, track or arena.
And when the pomp and pageantry of the stadiums' launching is long and
gone, it's only a matter of time before the buildings show signs of wear
and tear.
Sometimes it is due to poor workmanship that the stadium becomes an
eyesore, but most of the time, it is because of poor management and bad
maintenance of the stadium.
There have been cases of soccer pitches in stadiums being trimmed with
shears or small lawn-mowers!
Thus, it is little wonder that pitches need to be returfed in a short
span, while elsewhere, roofs can come crashing down, cracks emerging,
turfs being torn and the stadiums becoming a health hazard rather than a
place for activities.
It is about time this situation is addressed urgently, because Malaysia
may have world-class stadiums which could soon be in deplorable
condition, making them an eyesore.

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