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Badminton has traditionally been the national sport in Malaysia. Today football is replacing it in terms of player numbers and surely television audience numbers, with every move of Manchester United religiously followed. Badminton still makes the sport pages of all the newspapers, while live English Premiership football can be heard and seen around the city’s bars, hotels and even hawker centres.

Kuala Lumpur’s own football team, Kuala Lumpur, play in the Premier One league at the KLFA Stadium, Jalan Yacob Ladif, Cheras (telephone: (03) 9131 5757).

The 1st ever Formula One Grand Prix in South-East Asia was another achievement of the dynamic Malaysian government. Every October, the Sepang International Circuit (telephone: (03) 8526 2000; fax: (03) 8526 1000; e-mail: sic@malaysiangp.com.my) hosts the world’s top racing drivers in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The state-of-the-art circuit also hosts FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix and the Grand Touring Championship and rally and adventure events.

The more traditional sports such as Sepak Takraw (a kind of volleyball playing by feet) have become unpopular since many youngsters have lost interest. Although Sepak Takraw is originated in Malaysia, it is presently second best to its neighbour, Thailand.

There is no universal ticketing system in the city and tickets to sporting events can be bought directly from the venue or upon arrival.

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br> It is very popular in Kuala Lumpur, where rinks can be found at some of the shopping centres. At the Golden Triangle, the Federal Hotel (telephone: (03) 2148 9166), located on Jalan Bukit Bintang, provides an alley, the Federal Bowl which is open from 10.00 - 01.00 hrs daily. There is also bowling at the Yow Chuan Plaza (telephone: (03) 243 0953), Jalan Tun Razak.

Fitness Centres

Fitness centres are available at most four and five star hotels. Amongst the best public centres are the chain of clubs named the ‘sweat clubs’. They are situated in the Mid Valley Megamall (telephone: (03) 2284 3833; fax: (03) 2284 3323), MiCasa Hotel Apartments (telephone: (03) 2161 1757; fax: (03) 2161 1734) and the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel (telephone: (03) 2161 3323; fax: (03) 2162 2232), open 24 hours daily except Sunday, when it closes at 7.00 pm.

Golf

Golfers are well catered for in the city, with an array of courses around the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Most courses are happy to take golfers, but it is subject to availability.

Located at 10 Jalan 1/70D, off Jalan Bukit Kiara, the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (telephone: (03) 253 1111), opens to non-members with green fees starting from RM180. The Royal Selangor Golf Club, Jalan Kelab Golf (telephone: (03) 9284 8433), is a members-only club that opens to both members’ guests and residents at many of the city’s luxury hotels with green fees of RM399. Located close to the old airport is the Saujana Golf and Country Club, Saujana Resort Section U2, Shah Alam (telephone: (03) 7846 1466) with green fees starting from RM178.

Swimming

Most hotels that charge over RM200 per night will normally provide a swimming pool. The public swimming pools are available at Bangsar Sports Complex, 3 Jalan Terasek (telephone: (03) 254 2360) and at Weld Swimming Pool, adjacent to Chin Woo Stadium, off Jalan Hang Jebat (telephone: (03) 232 4602).

Tennis

The major hotels usually provide at least 1 tennis court. Bangsar Sports Complex (telephone: (03) 254 2360) and Datuk Keramat, Taman Keramat at Kampung (telephone: (03) 4256 4853) have tennis courts for hire.