New tan­dem pi­lot wanted

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

cy­cling coach Jo­hari Nayan is on the hunt for a new tan­dem pi­lot af­ter mea­sur­ing Malaysia’s per­for­mance against the world’s best at the re­cent Para-cy­cling Track World Cham­pi­onships.

Malaysia’s Muham­mad Afiq Afify Rizan and Muham­mad Khairul Adha Ra­sol won the bronze medal in tan­dem B.

“We need to change our pi­lot, we need young pi­lots,” said Jo­hari.

“In that per­spec­tive, we don’t have world-class tal­ent and we have to source tal­ents from for­mer state ju­nior rid­ers to be trained un­der para-sports,” said Jo­hari yes­ter­day.

The for­mer coach to na­tional road cy­clist Anuar Manan added that de­spite the bronze suc­cess in Los An­ge­les, he will con­tinue to mix-and-match ath­letes in or­der to achieve the best results in­Septem­ber’s Asean Para Games.

“I’m a very tech­ni­cal coach and the ath­letes may not be pleased about me switch­ing things up but there’s the mis­sion in Septem­ber, Ja­pan Open in Novem­ber, New Zealand/Aus­tralia in Jan­uary 2018 and the Com­mon­wealth Games in May.”

“There might be an­other shake-up at the Com­mon­wealth Games be­cause there are lim­ited events so we need a stronger pi­lot.”

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