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#SEAGames: Pocket Rocketman will participate in two events

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Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) have confirmed that local cyclist Azizulhasni Awang will take part in keirin and sprint events during the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

MNCF vice president Omar Saad announced this decision after attending a National Olympic Council (MOM) meeting yesterday based on national coach John Beasley’s evaluations.

“Initially, Azizulhasni was supposed to take part in one event, but after careful considerations from John Beasley, he will take part in two events,” Omar said as quoted by Berita Harian.

Photo Credit: The Guardian

Azizulhasni Awang made history and Malaysia proud after winning the gold medal in the keirin event at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong in April.

Moreover, Omar Saad also stated that national sprint queen Fatehah Mustapha will be the one to watch because she was listed to take part in four events in the upcoming competition.

On top of that, Malaysia will be represented by six Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) cyclists in the road event, including the likes of renowned athletes Hariff Saleh and Anuar Manan.

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The national velodrome will be bustling with activities – KJ

The national velodrome in Nilai bustling with activities after the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, said our Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the official launch of the national velodrome.

Amongst those present at the launch were world keirin champion, Azizulhasni Awang, along with other national cyclists like Ng Joo Ngan, M. Kumaresan, Rosman Alwi, and Josiah Ng.

According to the minister, the national velodrome will not be a white elephant after the SEA Games are over. Instead, he will make sure that the velodrome is packed with interesting programs and activities for all biking enthusiasts.

Furthermore, the ministry is also planning to develop the area surrounding the national velodrome to house a new sports complex so training programs can be shifted there.

“This world class velodrome in Nilai was built as the country wants to produce more world class cycling champions.” NST quoted the minister as saying.

“We will move the track cycling programs over to Nilai, including the Junior Cycling Malaysia (JCM) program.”

“We will make sure to have either tournaments or trainings there every week. In fact, we will even have an open day so the public can experience the national velodrome under supervision.” the minister assured.

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The minister further elaborated that other sports like boxing, sepak takraw, and archery will be shifted to Nilai as well.

The Nilai national velodrome will be the official venue for all cycling events at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, which will be happening from  August 19 until august 31st.

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National track cyclist’s bike gets stolen in Melbourne

It was not a good morning for Malaysia’s national track cyclist, Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, who is currently based in Melbourne.

The track cyclist had his bike stolen at 1.28 am in Melbourne, according to his fellow cyclist Fatehah Mustapa. Fatehah posted a picture of the bike on Twitter, asking her followers to contact her “ASAP” if they spot the bike anywhere around Melbourne.

Shah Firdaus is currently in Melbourne with the likes of Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol, Muhammad Fadil Mohd Zonis, Mohamad Shariz Efendi Mohd Shahrin, and world keirin champion, Azizulhasni Awang.

All five of them are training under John Beasley to prep for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and other track cycling championships leading up to the SEA Games.

If any of you are in Melbourne, do help out our national cyclist to track his bike!

Photo: Twitter
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Does Malaysia have cycling talents to replace Azizulhasni? He thinks so

Azizulhasni Awang of Malayasia looks on ahead of Men’s Sprint Track Cycling

Malaysian cycling star Azizulhasni Awang believes that there are four potential names who could inspire the country to greater heights in track cycling.

Azizul and Shah Firdaus have now been joined by three additional names in Melbourne – Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol, Muhammad Fadil Mohd Zonis and Mohamad Shariz Efendi Mohd Shahrin. All of them will be under the tutelage of John Beasley, who has been tasked with grooming the next ‘Pocket Rocketman’ of the country.

And according to the Keirin World Champion, these individuals have what it takes to outdo his record on the international stage.

“To me, the new list of cyclists, including Shah Firdaus, have huge amounts of potential. It’s just about time and exposure for the time being,” he was quoted as saying by Harian Metro.

“Even in my case, it took a lot of time to get to where I am because there are no shortcuts in sports. Also, I’m not sure how long more I can go in the sport. Maybe I have one or two more Olympic games participation in me.

“I try to also share my knowledge and experience with them, be it directly or indirectly. It really is up to them as to how they want to use it and carry it in themselves.

“I just hope they can go further than I’ve done because they have better physical traits than me. If I could do it, why can’t they. They probably just need two or three more years to start hitting the podium on international tournaments,” he added.

 

 

The national cycling squad is currently preparing for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur this August, where Azizulhasni is the overwhelming favourite to win gold in the Keirin event.

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Look out Azizul, Khairy could be the next world cycling champion!

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Our Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin tested the national velodrome yesterday, complete in his cycling gear.

The minister posted the video on Twitter, with the caption “Tested new national velo today. Lit as”, and it was well received by social media users.

Upon watching the video, we can’t help but to picture a race between him and our very own Pocket Rocketman and world track cycling champion, Azizulhasni Awang.

And we’re not alone!

While we’re on the topic, we have one request, YB, the same as this gentleman over here:

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#KLSEAGames: Meet Jupha Som Net, Malaysia’s hope for gold in cycling

24-year-old Jupha Som Net is one of Malaysia’s promising track cyclist, and she’s set to win big at the upcoming 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

She was on a hiatus for about half-a-year as she chose to focus on her training to become a police officer. But she’s back now, and she’s determined to do her part in contributing a gold medal in the SEA Games’ omnium (cycling) event.

Her coach, Firdaus Daud, confirms that Jupha is ready to take on the biggest sporting tournament in the country this year, and he’s feeling good about Jupha’s progress.

“Jupha remains as one Malaysia’s hope for gold medal in the omnium. She will be competing in the criterium, and mass-start road race.” coach Firdaus told HMetro.

“I have no concerns about her performance, although she was away for six month to focus on her course.”

“She is still one of the best cyclists we have in the country, and we have a lot of plans for her. She will participate in various championships to get back to where she was before — and she’ll get there by August.” the coach assured.

Born in Perlis, Jupha won silver medal in the points race, and bronze medal in the scratch at the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships.

She will also be heading to Beijing this Sunday for two difference races at the 2017 China Track Cup with the national cycling squad. After that, she will be heading to the training camp in Melbourne end of the month to continue preparing for the SEA Games.

Good luck, and welcome back, Jupha!

 

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ACC to honour Azizulhasni with cash incentive for World Championship success

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The Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) has decided to honour Azizulhasni Awang by presenting a cash incentive for his victory at the Keirin Finals which took place during the World Track Cycling Championships in Hong Kong last month.
 
Malaysia’s Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill, who is the Treasurer of ACC said this was decided at the ACC Management Board Meeting which was held in Dubai last Saturday.
 
“During the meeting, I made a special representation to all the Board members that Azizul’s achievement in Hong Kong be acknowledged by ACC as his feat has not only brought honour to Malaysia but Asia as a whole by succeeding in the World Championships,” he said.
 
Amarjit, who is also the Vice President of Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), said that a cash incentive amounting to USD 5,000 (RM 21,680) together with a special momento will be presented to Azizul at a date, time, and place to be decided.
 
During the ACC Management Board Meeting, there was a strong discussion on the need for ACC to impress on Olympic Council of Asia to reinstate the original number of 10 track events instead of the current seven events and also on the inclusion of cycling in the Asian Para Games.
 
“The Asian Para Cycling is an integral part of our cycling programme and we have good athletes who are able to bring back good results. It would be a shame if the entire event is not included,” he added.
 
During the meeting, Amarjit was also appointed into the strong 4-member ACC Executive Committee which includes the President Osama Al Shafar of UAE, Vice President Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Secretary General Onkar Singh of India.
 
The next ACC Management Committee meeting is scheduled to be held in September at Bergen, Norway during the UCI Road World Championships.
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Junior Cycling Malaysia: Nurul Izzah is first choice, Rosli sees JCM as stage for young talents

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TEAM GK2 Kedah rider, Nurul Izzah Izzati Mohd Asri, who shone through the first circuit of the Junior Cycling Malaysia (JCM) 2017 competition in the Criterium and Women’s Road Race Under-15 at d’Tempat Country Club, Bandar Sri Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan last March is expected to dominate the second circuit that will be held in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, this Saturday.
 
Nurul Izzah was crowned champion at the Perak, Putrajaya, Kedah, and Terengganu circuits in last year’s edition and was seen as the one with the most potential based on improving performances as time progressed since JCM was organized last year.
 
Determined to prove her abilities in the second circuit, Nurul Izzah however is not looking down on the competition who have an equal chance to achieve success.
 
“Alhamdulillah I had managed to win two categories that I was in in the first circuit, I hope to carry this winning streak to Pulau Pinang.
 
“It is not an easy task but I have been training hard to maintain and ensure that the momentum continues.
 
“All riders have a chance to achieve success and that includes me”, she said.
 
With a powerful cycling style and high confindence in herself, this Kedah born 14 year old talent started in the three top groups in the early part of the race before disappointing 24 other riders to be crowned champion.
 
For Kelantan Cycling Team coach, Rosli Salleh, his line of riders are forced to compete with one another to stay in the many categories competed at JCM 2017.
 
“We actually have many young riders that would be focus on in this JCM 2017, every time we compete I have a hard task of choosing whom will ride.
 
“The team has to prove themselves at every training session so that they keep their place in the team”, he said.
 
According to him, for the second circuit, his riders have the quality and the ability to successfully compete in all the categories the team are in.
 
“As many as 12 riders in the Under-12, -15, -17, -19, and Open categories will take part. We will give a chance to the young riders who I see have the potential to give stiff competition and give them some experience.
 
“They will fight to get the experience and also glory for themselves and the team,” he said.
 
Looking at JCM 2017 which goes into its second season, Rosli believes that the competition this time will give rise to potential young riders early on.
 
“I see this competition as something that is very important and meaningful in the efforts to create quality riders for higher level competitions. Congratulations JCM, Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), and Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS),” he commented.
 
In the first circuit in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan last March, Rosli’s protege, Mohammad Azlan Mohd Azmi competed in the Men’s Under-17 Road Race category.
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No friction between me and Shah Firdaus, Azizulhasni Awang clarifies

Newly-crowned world keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang denies that there is any friction between him and young cyclist and rising star Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom.

In fact, Azizul recognises Muhammad Shah Firdaus as worthy “sparring partner”, and assured everyone that there is nothing wrong with some healthy competition.

The 29-year-old world champion also noted that 22-year-old Muhammad Shah Firdaus could well be his successor one day, when he retires from cycling.

“Of course, Shah Firdaus is a good sparring partner and at the same time I will try to guide him, directly and indirectly, to get him into shape to take my place. I cannot be cycling forever.” Bernama quoted Azizulhasni Awang as saying.

As athletes from the same sport, Azizulhasni stressed that healthy competition is important, it will keep both of them working hard to consistently deliver the best results, whether during training or in international tournaments.

The concern about Azizulhasni’s relationship with Muhammad Shah Firdaus arose after the latest world rankings placed the world champion at 4th place, while Muhammad Shah Firdaus is perched close behind at 5th place.

“Some people view competitors as their enemy, but I’m not like that. I hope that one day he will outdo me and achieve much more than I did.” he added.

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Azizul also reminded everyone about the good relationship he maintained with retired Malaysian professional track cyclist, Josiah Ng.

“Just like the relationship I had with Josiah Ng. We had a healthy competition, but we were also good friends. Until now, we’re still good friends.”

Azizulhasni Awang recently achieved his life-long dream of being crowned world keirin champion after he finished first at the World Cycling championship 2017 in Hong Kong. He also came home with the much-coveted rainbow jersey.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom stole the spotlight back in February after he bagged bronze at the Track Cycling World Cup held in Los Angeles, United States. He also came in third at the Asian Cycling Championship 2017 held in India.

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Azizulhasni Awang the first to ride at the Nilai National Velodrome

Last Thursday, national track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang realised his life-long of dream of being crowned world champion after the finished first at the 2017 Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.

The keirin world champion also donned the rainbow jersey after he outclassed Colombia’s Fabian Puerta Zapata and Czech Republic’s Tomas Babek to clinch the gold medal.

Upon his return to Malaysia, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin promised that Azizul will be given the honour to be the first cyclist to ride in the recently completed National Velodrome in Nilai.

Azizul obliged, and he led a group of track cyclist to test out the track at the National Velodrome yesterday.

Photo: Team ISN

Photo: KL SEA Games 2017

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was also present at the momentous occasion.

Azizulhasni Awang will be in action at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games that will be happening from the 19th of August until 31st of August. The world keirin champion is also gunning for a gold medal, and it is very likely he’ll make it happen!