Melbourne-based rider not keen to train in Nilai
REPORTS BY DEVINDER SINGH firstname.lastname@example.org
WORLD keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang expressed his shock at a suggestion by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) to have all national cyclists train full-time at the new Nilai Velodrome.
Having been based in Melbourne for the last decade, Azizulhasni fears the proposal, if approved, would have a detrimental impact on his aim of winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if forced to abandon his training centre.
While excited to have the opportunity to race at the newlybuilt Nilai facility during the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in August, Azizulhasni is adamant that Melbourne should remain the base for the elite national cyclists under the Podium Programme.
Earlier this week, MNCF secretarygeneral Ibrahim Mustafa reportedly said they will propose to the National Sports Council (NSC) to have the cyclists move to Nilai to reduce expenditure now that a world-class indoor cycling venue has been constructed in the country.
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.