Badminton enthusiasts in Ipoh will soon have a new venue to train and test their skills as YMCA Ipoh is on a mission to build a mammoth 10-court badminton complex along Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Ipoh.
The facility, named Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Badminton Complex, is among YMCA Ipoh’s efforts to encourage Ipohites to take up sports and lead a healthy lifestyle.
“The late Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng was a prominent public figure. He contributed a lot to Ipoh’s developments. Naming the courts after the philanthropist is a good way to remember the man,” said Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, a state executive councillor.
Together with Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, one of Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng’s sons, Dr Mah officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony held at the construction site on Friday, June 12. One of YMCA Ipoh’s directors, Dato’ Daniel Tay was in attendance.
“The estimated cost to build the arena is RM1.9mil. Thanks to the Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng Foundation which donated RM1mil, we’ll begin construction and hope to complete early next year,” said Dato’ Daniel.
Dr Mah announced that the Perak state government would donate RM10,000 to the project and hoped the public would also play their part by contributing. YMCA Ipoh plans to organise charity events to raise funds.
“As this will be a public venue, I hope we’ll get to see new badminton talents who can represent our country and became champions like Datuk Lee Chong Wei,” said Dr Mah.
Readers keen on making donations can visit YMCA Ipoh at 211, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz, Ipoh to do their part for the sport.