AFTER a month's delay, upgrading works for the 15th Malaysia Games swimming pool in Kuantan were finally completed and it was officially handed over to the organising committee yesterday.
Since it was the last venue to be completed, Games chief executive officer Ahmad Hairi Hussin made a 'splashing' gimmick when he jumped into the Olympic-size swimming pool from a springboard after making a final inspection on the facility which utilised the latest technology from Germany.
Hairi said he was relieved the pool was ready for the Games.
The RM21 million upgrading works were supposed to be completed on May 30.
He said upgrading works and construction of new venues -- costing about RM238 million -- had already been completed, including the Darulmakmur stadium where the opening ceremony will be officiated by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang on Saturday and closed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on July 16.
Some 7,000 athletes and officials will participate in the Games which offer 377 gold, 377 silver and 453 bronze medals.