The National Sports Council (NSC) have admitted there is a problem with the drainage system.
Responding to Mailsport’s article “Water, water everywhere” on April 29, NSC quickly added the flood at the running tracks at the Mini Stadium last Tuesday subsided within 25 minutes.
The statement read: “The cause of the flash floods was following the heavy downpour whereas the water could not flow out properly.
“This is because the drains outside NSC’s premises, which are under the maintenance and supervision of the National Sports Complex, cannot hold a huge volume of water.”
The statement further added that 10 drains within NSC were directed to only one water outlet under the supervision of the National Sports Complex before the water is channelled to the nearby Kuyuh River.
“The water flow from NSC to Kuyuh River has become worse following the surrounding rapid development, including the construction of Arena Green condominium and a flyover.
“We have informed the National Sports Complex management in its last formal letter to the general manager Wan Nor Azinah Wan Hashim on March 16. The letter was signed by NSC’s engineer Raizal Muhamat Yaakop on behalf of the NSC director general.”
NSC claimed they have yet to hear from the National Sports Complex. NSC defended the contractor adding that their jobscope were only “related to the laying of the tracks” and not directly involved in the construction of a drainage system in NSC.”
NSC felt upgrading its drainage system would not solve the flooding woes if the drainage system of the surrounding areas were not upgraded as well.
As for the certification of the tracks by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF), NSC claimed it was still in process as it is carried out by the contractor laying the tracks. They expect the track to be certified in due time.