Prince Edward visits KL Sports City, watch M’sian athletes train


BRITAIN’S Prince Edward yesterday was given a tour of the Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sports City in Bukit Jalil, KL, where he watched Malaysian athletes prepare for their respective championships ahead.

The Earl of Wessex, who is also a vice patron of the Commonwealth Games, was accompanied by the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

During his tour, which included the National Sports Council headquarters, he witnessed the national divers and swimmers in action at the National Aquatic Centre before leaving for Gymnasium 2 to watch the sepak takraw and wushu athletes train for the 2019 SEA Games in Philippines.

He then proceeded to watch the track and field, rhythmic gymnastics and artistic gymnastics athletes train at the Mini Stadium and Gymnasium 3 before a hi-tea session.

Prince Edward also spent some time meeting the para athletes, as well as retired athletes at the Gymnasium 3 foyer.

As vice patron of the Commonwealth Games, Prince Edward also got to see Malaysian athletes in action ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Prince Edward is on a two-day visit to Malaysia, part of a tour that would also bring him to Australia.

The Earl, who last visited Malaysia in 2004, is also the chairman of trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and will be attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Asia Pacific Regional Conference.

He is the youngest child of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.