New Straits Times - - Sport -

“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.

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