Tuesday, August 22, 2006

World's Biggest Lawn Bowls Stadium. Malaysia Boleh!

Malaysia earned a name in the annals of sports when the world's biggest indoor lawn bowls stadium and the first such facility in South-East-Asia was officially opened Monday. The RM6-million complex is a gift from plantation giant Golden Hope Plantations Bhd to Malaysians. Construction on it which began in October last year was completed last week.

President of the Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation (MLBF), Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, who opened the complex, said Malaysian lawn bowls was certain of achieving greater heights following the two-gold win at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in March with the availability of this new stadium.

The stadium will first open its doors for the Inaugural Malaysian Indoor Lawn Bowls Competition that starts Tuesday and ends on Friday. The stadium built on a 5-hectare site has eight rinks measuring 40 metres x 40 metres and can accommodate about 500 spectators.

Ahmad Sarji, who is also the Group Chief Executive of Golden Hope Plantations, said that the company would also build a lawn bowls academy near the stadium that could accommodate 100 people on a twin-sharing basis to be trained as professional players.

This is how and where stadiums and sports centres should be built, and not our Sports Minister's style of blowing up half a billion ringgit of taxpayer's money building one in a foreign land, giving all sorts of untenable reasons and excuses to justify it. Are Najib and Azalina listening? Latest update on the London sports centre scam here.


Blogger Daniel Franklin Gomez said...

Lawn Bowl? Hahahahaha!

4:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Neo said...

Lawn Bowls?? What's that?

Who play that?

6:18 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The elite and eldery. This is like the next popular game after golf for them.

7:15 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Phoxy Tyro said...

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3:30 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Phoxy Tyro said...

lawn bowl is actually for everyone but only for people that know how to play and got a knowledge and want to play it. the best single player is from Malaysia and not elite or eldery..

3:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Gordon Campbell said...

Sadly, those who have never tried the sport are the only ones who lampoon it. If you tried it, you would suddenly discover it is one of the most difficult of all sports to play WELL. Anyone can play from 8 year old to 88 year old with no advantage to any player because of age, height, strength, or speed. And guess what, in Australia for example, high school students can earn enough cash money from weekend tournaments to buy their first car when they leave school. No amateur golf player can do that. Thousands of young people in Australia play the sport and the numbers get bigger every week as more and more school children become involved.

9:06 AM GMT+8  

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