Kuala Lumpur Sport And Leisure
Selangor Turf Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf
Kuala Lumpur Football
The Kuala Lumpur sport and leisure scene has always provoked great interest from its citizens and some institutions such as the Selangor Turf Club date back to the 19th century.
The Selangor Turf Club on Jalan Ampang saw its inaugural horse race in 1896 and racing there continued for nearly a century until closure in 1992 to famously make way for the building of the twin towers and KLCC.
The Selangor Turf Club was re-located to a new state of the art race course in Sungei Besi, Kuala Lumpur where more than 30 race days are scheduled every year.
Did you know that Kuala Lumpur has a baseball association that runs a baseball league competition? Well the MALB (Malaysia All stars Baseball League) was founded in 2006 to bring some organisation to the various teams and it appears to be a well liked and growing Kuala Lumpur sport.
One very popular Kuala Lumpur sport is badminton and Malaysia has players of very high world ranking at their disposal.
When the city slickers of Kuala Lumpur want to stretch their legs there is no need to travel very far because in the grounds of KL Tower is the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve.
Regarded as the green lung of KL this an ideal place to go hiking in the city. You can take advantage of the many trails in the 11 hectares that is the last remaining rain forest in Kuala Lumpur.
Some KL marathon competitors have been known to train here using the hills and terrain to effective use to gain extra fitness.
If a golfing break is something you desire then Kuala Lumpur has some world class golf clubs to choose from including Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and in the heart of the city centre the excellent 100 years old Royal Selangor Golf Club.
For those that do not know, football is the most popular sport in Malaysia and the locals passionately follow the English premiership every weekend in bars, cafes and restaurants all over KL and the whole of Malaysia.
The recent world cup in South Africa was a resounding success as every night throngs of people could be seen gathering around flat screen tv's all over the capital desperate to see the gripping action unfold.
KL is also home to a world-class sports venue at the Bukit Jalil National Sports Stadium where the national football team plays their games, it also hosts many other esteemed sporting events.
But it is not just football that the sports channels provide as the different time zones around the world allow them to schedule Basketball, Baseball, American Football, Ice Hockey, Rugby, Athletics, Tennis and just about any sport you can care to mention.
So if you are on holiday or working in Kuala Lumpur you don't have to miss your favourite sporting stars back home regardless of time zones.
Kuala Lumpur Sport
Since its inception in 1948 only 3 countries have won this esteemed competition; Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
The 30 metre wide racetrack is a 2,000 metres long left handed track and the grandstand and spectator areas can accommodate 25,000 racing fans.
Only recently in 2010 the prestigious Thomas Cup was held in Kuala Lumpur and in a closely fought competition China won.
The KL marathon is now an international event with participants from all over the world eager to enter this prestigious race. 2010 saw over 18,000 entrants take part in this successful annual event in Kuala Lumpur, the eventual winner in the mens category was international Kenyan athlete Nelson Kirwa Rotich.