The RM1 million-worth BMX track that was built in Sarawak for last month’s Malaysian Games (Sukma) does not meet international standards and had breached international safety requirements, a report has revealed.
A track builder’s study on the cycling track in Sarawak reportedly found that only some of its elements including the width and length of the 380-metre track complied with the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) standards.
But local daily New Straits Times (NST) said that report said the cycling track’s layout was not safe, while the soil-type and soil condition as well as drainage system do not match UCI standards.
The track under the Sarawak Cycling Association’s purview was also designed and built solely by local experts instead of in consultation with the UCI, with no plans made previously to seek UCI certification that the track is safe and meets technical conditions for international races, the report also found.
Without going through and passing the certification process, the cycling track in Sarawak cannot be used as the venue for UCI-sanctioned international cycling events.
“It can be used for non-sanctioned events, but for the amount spent on it, you would expect a track that meets all requirements and is able to host UCI-sanctioned international events,” a source was quoted telling the local daily, having said that the Sarawak track would not pass the certification process as it was “obviously not up to requirements”.
The Malay Mail Online