Penang upgrades sports gallery to be ‘family friendly’

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The state government has allocated RM200,000 for the renovation and upgrading of the Penang State Sports Gallery located at the Sony Sports & Recreation Complex, Seberang Jaya here.

Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow said, the renovation and upgrading of the sports gallery was made to suit the concept of ‘family friendly’ when some of the spaces inside were also changed to allow children to enjoy the atmosphere of the gallery.

“The Penang State Government welcomes the involvement and participation of all, especially among primary and secondary school students in the hope of inspiring them.

“Although this sports gallery may be seen as small-scale, but if it receives a good response, we will develop this gallery to be more beautiful (and bigger),” he said.

He said this during the opening ceremony of the sports gallery here which was also attended by the chairman of the state Youth and Sports Committee, Soon Lip Chee and the Director of the Penang State Sports Council (MSNPP), Harry Chai Heng Hua.

Also present are some prominent and experienced former athletes born in Penang including Ku Jin Keat and Lim Lee Lee for the karate event; Mohd. Fauzi Khalid (pencak silat); Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd. Zais (para cycling) as well as several other veteran athletes.

Earlier, the proposal to create the gallery was submitted by Lip Chee with the objective of providing a special room to showcase the state’s sports history to the general public.

In addition, the existence of the first sports gallery in Penang is also considered as a platform to appreciate all the achievements of athletes at the state, national and international levels.

In the meantime, Kon Yeow said, among the special features of the sports gallery is the space to house sports equipment, trophies and victory medals donated by international level state athletes such as Datuk Lee Chong Wei in the badminton event and Datuk Nicol Ann David (squash).

Currently, he said, the sports gallery is open for free, but those interested need to register or make a reservation through the MSNPP website.

“I hope that the existence of this sports gallery can be fully utilized by all parties thus becoming a catalyst for more success among athletes from this state,” he said.

It is understood that until now there are more than 20 biodata and information about Penang-born athletes who have successfully made a name for themselves placed in the gallery. – MESSENGER

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