Saturday, 24 October 2009

Bukit Jalil - Kuala Lumpur's Sports City



This post might be out of the intention of this blog but generally can be considered as part of a travel through life. This posting is about the latest event to engrave the name of our pride and queen in sports. Whenever we talk about sports the general public will take football into account and we are ranked 6th among South East Asian countries. Sports is not about solitary game. Sports is varied and people get involve in sports based on different reasons. Maybe Malaysian football is not where it is supposed to be but Malaysian excel in other sports such as tenpin bowling, lawn bowl, badminton, cycling, archery and squash to name some.

Of the mentioned sports Malaysia area among the top nations in the world and we are also proud to be honoured with international sporting events where Kuala Lumpur being host city.


Being the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has for years being selected as the venue for SEAP Games and then SEA Games. Kuala Lumpur has hosted 5 SEA Games 1965, 1971,1977, 1989,2001 and the next will be in 2015. During the 2001 SEA Games for the first time in history, Kuala Lumpur witness the Malaysian contingent emerged as the  overall champion collecting 111 Gold Medals. It was an honour and great achievement for Malaysia.


However the name Kuala Lumpur became more widely known to the world after hosting the Kuala Lumpur 98 Commonwealth Games in 1998 and being honoured as the best ever games organised. The KL98 Commonwealth Games too saw the best ever performance for Malaysian athletes bagging 10 Gold medals.

In 2006 Kuala Lumpur again was host to the FESPIC Games KL06.



Honour for Kuala Lumpur does not stop there. The National Sports Complex at Bukit Jalil see non ending acvitivites of variety of events. Eventhough its a sports complex but the door is open to non sports oriented activities. Concerts, Automobile Expos, Religious gatherings to business related functions show  the way that sports is not a close door activity.

Bukit Jalil is located about 25 km away from the city centre and can be reached by the Kuala Lumpur Seremban Highway or using the LRT and disembark at the Bukit Jalil Station. The nearest town is Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, Puchong and Bandar Kinrara. Not far from the Sports Complex is the Selangor Turf Club.



Ministry of Youth and Sports too who oversees the Sports Complex dedicated a square to youth activities. The square next to the Bukit Jalil LRT station will be a hive of activites for youths on Saturdays and Sundays with pre arranged programs. Futsal, Basketball, Rollerskating and skate boarding, shuffling, paintball, karaoke etc. were organised.



Automobile show



Youth fitness activities


Program for youth- shuffle
The latest development happening at the National Sports complex is naming the main squash court after Malaysian squash queen Nicol David and the official opening of the Nicol David Gallery at the National Squash Centre.




What is in the pipeline for Bukit Jalil? To turn it into a Sports City.


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