New Straits Times

Beasley vows to be more cautious

- Azlan Muhammad Zain and Fadhli Ishak

track cycling coach John Beasley says more pre-cautionary measures will be taken to ensure his riders do not get sick ahead of future competitio­ns.

Azizulhasn­i Awang was down with viral infection during his campaign at the World Track Championsh­ips in the Netherland­s where he failed to make an impact in the keirin and sprint events.

It is learnt that Azizulhasn­i took vitamins and rested to overcome the infection but his efforts were in vain.

“I cannot ascertain whether he caught the infection at the airport, during his flight or due to the cold weather. I hope we will learn from this experience and approach things better in the future,” said Beasley.

“I hope Azizulhasn­i will return to his best when we go back to Kuala Lumpur to prepare for the Commonweal­th Games.

“Although we only have less than a month before we head to the Gold Coast, I am confident Azizulhash­i will be able to regain his form,” said the coach.

Beasley added: “Our campaign in the Netherland­s has ended and we cannot do anything about it now. What we can do is to learn from the experience­s to bounce back in upcoming meets.”

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin revealed that he had asked a reluctant Azizulhasn­i Awang to disclose the “real reason” behind his failure to defend his keirin title at the World Championsh­ips.

Khairy said Azizulhasn­i did not want to reveal the illness he was carrying during the competitio­n.

“I know he doesn’t want to give excuses but I asked him to say what was actually the problem,” said Khairy.

“He had a viral infection and this was confirmed by our support services team there (in Netherland­s). In such a condition you cannot really expect him to give 100 per cent.

“Racing in ill condition is another experience for him but I am confident he will bounce back with strong performanc­es at the Gold Coast Commonweal­th Games and the Indonesia Asian G a m e s .”

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