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Volume 6 No. 214


Malaysia is building a RM 49M ($15M) Malaysia Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre in Kampung Pandan -- "the biggest" in Southeast Asia, according to Eric Samuel of THE STAR. Youth & Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the building would raise the profile of the sport as well as "inspire the para-athletes in the country." Khairy: "The center will serve as a platform and access for these disabled athletes to take part in sports and recreational activities. They can no longer give excuses like the lack of facilities for not being able to excel." The long-awaited state-of-the-art training complex "is fully equipped with top class facilities" like an Olympic-sized swimming pool (eight-lanes), gymnasium, archery range, basketball and badminton courts as well as a multi-purpose hall. Khairy said the training complex "also has lecture halls, a cafeteria, parking facilities as well as a hostel which can accommodate 300 para-athletes" (THE STAR, 3/6).

The Sachsenring racetrack will alter its infamous turn 11 ahead of the MotoGP World Championship race at the German venue on July 13. Turn 11, the first right hand corner after several left hand turns, has been a tricky section of track for riders in the past, so a new corner layout will be introduced to improve safety. For the 2014 German Grand Prix, turn 11 will be altered by mobile curbs made of steel, relocating the racing line and reducing corner speed (MotoGP). ... Mitsubishi Electric announced the installation of five ribbon-board displays measuring 400 meters at Saitama Stadium 2002, home of Japanese football side Urawa Red Diamond. Last year, Mitsubishi installed two new Diamond Vision screens, the largest in any Japanese football stadium (Mitsubishi).