* ‘We are just as happy’ – Datuk Lim Chee Wah
* ‘It will spur Malaysians to take up winter sports – Chee Wah
* Chee Wah to work out a deal for Malaysians to also train in Melbourne
Genting Resort Secret Garden chairman Datuk Lim Chee Wah was one happy man on Friday and celebrating Beijing’s success in winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in closely fought battle with Almaty (Kazakhstan).
It was close margin when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deciding on Beijing – voting 44-40 – in favour of the Chinese city and in the process created history as the only city to host, both, the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Chee Wah played his part in ensuring Beijing’s victory with his last minute “campaigning” to swing the votes, knowing that oil-rich Kazakhstan too came well armed and called on IOC to send a positive message to smaller developing countries that they too could host the world’s greatest sporting events.
“I played my part but it was only a small part. I am happy that Beijing won. It will have a great impact not only on Malaysia but also on neighbouring countries like Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand,” said Chee Wah who is keen to see skiers from these countries competing in Winter sports.
Genting Resort Secret Garden and Ski Malaysia have embarked on a journey to have Malaysian skiers compete in competitions like the World Cup and Winter Olympic Games.
“A lot of people from warmer countries are taking up skiing. Instead of flying to far away countries to enjoy the sport we have ski resorts nearer home….it will cut costs.”
The visionary entrepreneur has invested RM12 billion to develop the resort. Malaysian skiers will training at the Genting Resort Secret Garden – where the national teams of Japan and South Korea train.
It does not stop at that. Come this October, Chee Wah will head to Melbourne to train at an Australian resort when it is off season in Beijing.
“This will allow Malaysian skiers to training all year round instead of just training for a certain period. Skiing needs all year round training and we want the Malaysian skiers to get the best,” said Chee Wah during a party he threw to celebrate Beijing’s success.
Genting Resort Secret Garden is home to the Genting Snow Park in Beijing, host to a variety of top tier snow sports events, notably as part of the Far East Cup circuit, an Alpine ski racing circuit that also visits Japan and South Korea, drawing skiers from across Asia.
Nestled in the Chongli Valley, the 2,110m high ski resort hosts a multitude of slopes of all levels, with each having its own merits, suitable for recreational and competitive skiers alike.
ean sport and it is about time Malaysia will be competing to qualify for for the World Cup and Winter Olympics.
“We have valuated that people with passion excel and this is the stepping stone towards a journey to compete in World Cup and Winter Olympics.”
Secret Garden is the brainchild of visionary entrepreneur Datuk Lim Chee Wah, son of the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong, who has invested more than RM12 billion, which shows his strength and ambition to develop a resort that holds a position not only among visitors from China but also other parts of Asia, especially warm nations which do not have ski resorts due to climate conditions in their country.