AZIZUL SHOCKED

Mel­bourne-based rider not keen to train in Nilai

New Straits Times - - Sport - AZ­IZUL­HASNI AWANG

RE­PORTS BY DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my

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.

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