Az­izul told to re­turn ear­lier

New Straits Times - - Sport - Khairil S Iswan

AZ­IZUL­HASNI Awang has been asked to re­turn ear­lier from the na­tional elite squad's train­ing base in Mel­bourne to carry out his role as flag bearer for Malaysia at the KL Sea Games open­ing cer­e­mony on Aug 19.

The world keirin cham­pion was ini­tially sched­uled to re­turn to Malaysia on Aug 23, four days af­ter the start the games.

Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din had on Mon­day named Az­izul­hasni, pen­cak silat ex­po­nent Mohd Al Juf­feri Ja­mari and diver Cheong Jun Hoong as Malaysia’s flag bear­ers. All three are world cham­pi­ons.

"He (Az­izul­hasni) has to come back ear­lier. All ath­letes will at­tend the open­ing cer­e­mony so, of course, he has to as well," said Khairy.

"He has been told and has no prob­lems about it."

This is the first time in the his­tory of the Sea Games that three ath­letes will carry the Malaysian flag. The trio were given the hon­our in recog­ni­tion of their achieve­ments on the world stage.

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