EduCity Sports Complex managed under EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (EduCity) launched its new 25-metre warm-up pool at the Aquatic Centre, complementing their 50-metre Olympic-distance swimming pool built back in 2012. The pool includes additional features like a new timing system and a scoreboard in their pursuit to be Southeast Asia’s ideal destination to host local and international swimming events.
Both the swimming pool and the warm-up pool are certified by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) / the International Swimming Federation. Taking 6 months to develop; the warm-up pool costs about RM6 million worth of investment from EduCity.
Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity said, “EduCity is envisioning more partnership with sports organisations and clubs to run clinics and tournaments focusing on junior athletes. In 2019 alone, we have hosted more than 60 events where 80% are mostly sports-related events. Therefore, we are more than brick and mortar and envisioned to be the focal point for the sports industry in Asia when it comes to producing talents in sports”.
The launch of the pool was officiated by Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, Chairman of EduCity and President/CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad, who said the facilities in the sports complex are also perfect for hosting football and netball games for the SUKMA Johor in July and the pool could be used for athletes to train before the big event.
Professor Dr Sakina Sofia Baharom, Director of Operations, EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd assures the community involvement would continue for the year 2020 like the Educity Swimming Development Programme (ESDP) in 2019, training Orang Asli Seletar to compete professionally.
Measuring 25 metres long and 1.4m depth, the pool is now open to public for training and competition purpose. The fee is capped at RM10 per session per individual and is open from 8.30am to 10.30pm daily.