PM wants world cham­pion to be role model in sports

New Straits Times - - Sport -


PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak wants world cham­pion Az­izul­hasni Awang to be a role model in sports for the younger generation of Malaysians.

He said it was hoped that Az­izul­hasni’s achieve­ment would en­cour­age other Malaysians to par­tic­i­pate more ac­tively in sports.

“Hope­fully, Az­izul­hasni will be­come an icon as he can speak well, has a pleas­ant per­son­al­ity and is a good per­son.

“I am con­fi­dent Az­izul­hasni will be­come a role model, es­pe­cially for the younger generation,” he said at the cer­e­mony to present Az­izul­hasni a res­i­den­tial suite from Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings, at Seri Per­dana in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

Az­izul­hasni scored a first for Malaysia when he won the World Cham­pi­onships keirin gold in Hong Kong last month.

He is the first Malaysian ath­lete to win a world ti­tle in an Olympic sport and the gold came just months after Az­izul­hasni won the Olympic bronze in Rio de Jaaneiro.

On the con­tri­bu­tion from Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings, Na­jib said it was a token of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the cor­po­rate sec­tor to Az­izul­hasni for bring­ing in­ter­na­tional glory to Malaysia in the field of sports.

At the event, Na­jib pre­sented Az­izul­hasni with a replica of the ac­cess card to the suite at Trion 888. Also present was chair­man of Naza TTDI Group SM Nasarudin SM Nasimud­din.

The suite in Trion 888, priced at RM350,000 and lo­cated in Equine Park, Seri Kem­ban­gan, is part of a Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd project which is due to be com­pleted by the end of this year.

Gold medal win­ners at the 2016 Rio Par­a­lympic Games, Mo­hamad Ridzuan Mo­hamad Puzi, Muham­mad Ziyad Zolke­fli and Ab­dul Latif Romli were also re­warded with units at Trion 888.

Az­izul­hasni, who ar­rived from Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, early yes­ter­day, thanked the Prime Min­is­ter and Naza Group for the ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“I am very grate­ful. I was in­formed about this ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Prime Min­is­ter. I am very touched and happy.

“I had mixed feel­ings when I found out that the Prime Min­is­ter would present me a suite on be­half of Naza.

“I am emo­tional and, at the same time, very happy be­cause we ath­letes who have worked hard all this time have never hoped for this kind of recog­ni­tion,” he said.

Az­izul­hasni said it was not easy to reach the ranks of the elite in sports and there had been many sac­ri­fices, in­clud­ing hav­ing to live in Mel­bourne for 10 years, leav­ing his fam­ily be­hind and spend­ing his youth there.

“What is im­por­tant is that we get to in­spire the younger generation in sports.

“As a na­tional sports icon, like other sports cham­pi­ons such as Lee Chong Wei and Ni­col David, I want to con­tinue in­spir­ing the younger generation to be ac­tive in sports.

“We (must) be­lieve we can be world cham­pi­ons. Even though our coun­try is small, we can be­come a ma­jor power in any field,” he said. Ber­nama


Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak presents a Trion 888 SoHo res­i­den­tial suite ac­cess card to na­tional cy­clist Az­izul­hasni Awang on be­half of Naza Cor­po­ra­tion Hold­ings at Seri Per­dana in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day. Look­ing on are Naza TTDI Group chair­man SM Nasarudin SM Nasimud­din (sec­ond from right) and Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd deputy ex­ec­u­tive chair­man SM Faliq SM Nasimud­din.

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