BY MNCF PROPOSAL
“I have no right to question their view or planning or whatever but I was quite shocked to hear about this plan to move us to Malaysia,” said Azizulhasni, 29, after making an appearance for sponsor CIMB at a jobs fair in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“But whatever it is I think those with the power to make this decision is of course the sports ministry and National Sports Institute (NSI) who run the Podium Programme.
“My personal view is that if MNCF want to have a base in Malaysia they can do so with those cyclists under their programme.
“For me, I am under the Podium Programme so if NSI tell me to come home then I will. But for now I am attached to the Podium Programme and the CIMB Pro Cycling Team and the plan is to remain in Melbourne.
“I have been there since 2007, for 10 years, and it has proven to be a successful programme and has delivered results. I prefer not to take a risk and move base all of a sudden but who knows after Tokyo, we may choose to move.
“But the planning discussed with (national coach) John (Beasley) before this is that we will spend some time in Malaysia at the new indoor velodrome and the rest of the time overseas.
“In Australia, there are plenty of competitions and sparring partners.”
Azizulhasni, a keirin bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is looking forward to his first conmpetive outing at the Nilai Velodrome when he competes during the Sea Games.
“The immediate aim is to race at the Sea Games to raise the spirits of our national contingent to become overall champions while promoting cycling to the public by competing at NIlai Velodrome which I am very excited about,” he said.
Azizulhasni also laid out his plan to defend his world title in the Netherlands next February by competing in the opening two legs of the 2017-18 UCI Track World Cup series in Pruszkow, Poland and Manchester in November.