MNFC want Fatehah as national-level coach

Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice president Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill would prefer former national rider Fatehah Mustapa to take up a national-level coaching role rather than a state-level position. Amarjit disclosed that the former Asian Games silver medallist has also attracted interest from her home state, Terengganu. The east coast state are a traditional powerhouse in the sport and have produced some of the biggest names in Malaysian cycling such as Fatehah, Azizulhasni Awang, Harrif Saleh and Anuar Manan among others. “We have heard that Terengganu (Sports Council) have…

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Pocket Rocketman slows down

With the Covid-19 pandemic putting the brakes on life as we know it, national track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang is taking on Ramadan in a different gear this year. Azizulhasni, who is based in Melbourne with other national elite squad members, admitted that he is going through Ramadan at a slower pace this year. “Ramadan will be a unique experience (for Malaysians) this year as there will be no terawih prayers in mosques and no (Ramadan) bazaars,” said Azizulhasni. “But above all that is happening around us (pandemic), we should be…

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Beasley: Biggest bang for the buck in sprints

NATIONAL track cycling coach John Beasley believes Malaysia should place greater emphasis on the sprint disciplines when it comes to development programmes. The Australian, dubbed as the father of Malaysian track cycling, feels that Malaysians have better chances to shine in sprint-based events such as individual sprint, team sprint and keirin. Beasley said training for the sprint disciplines is also safer compared to the many hours road riders spend on public tarmac. “Malaysians should concentrate on the sprint disciplines… that is what they are best at,” said Beasley. “So that…

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Pocket Rocketman reflects on his 2017 world title

WITH the Tokyo Olympics having been postponed to next year, national track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang took a moment to reflect on his historic win at the 2017 World Championships. Azizulhasni, then 29, won the keirin gold in emphatic style in Hong Kong after taking a commanding lead at the final bend which allowed him to cross the line with his trademark wheelie. It clinched him Malaysia’s first world title in track cycling and more importantly proved the doubters wrong. “After 10 years of hardship and (settling for) one silver and…

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Azizul: Help Fatehah adjust to new life

NATIONAL track cycling star Azizulhasni Awang has urged the authorities to help Fatehah Mustapa start a new cycle of life after her retirement recently. Former world keirin champion Azizulhasni said it is not easy to make a transition from the elite sporting arena to a normal life, especially for those who have dedicated much of their years to sports. Fatehah, who has spent 17 years as a competitive cyclist, announced her retirement on Saturday. Azizulhasni, 32, and Fatehah, 31, rose up together under national coach John Beasley. “We are shocked…

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Pocket Rocketman lauds Games delay

Azizulhasni Awang commended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for taking the bold step to postpone the Olympics to next year. The former world keirin champion and Rio Olympics bronze medallist welcomed the decision, stressing that the health and safety of athletes must come first. The IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee had initially appeared reluctant to postpone the Games until Canada, Australia and Britain threatened to withdraw from the Olympics if it is still held this year. “This is the right decision by the IOC…

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Take outs from the Berlin world championships

Last weeks’s track world championships was seen as a dress-rehearsal for the Tokyo Olympics. This is what we learned from the five days of action. DANES LEAVE BRITAIN AND AUSTRALIA PLAYING CATCH-UP The team pursuit is often billed as a battle for supremacy between Britain and Australia but after Berlin both nations appear to have been left trailing. Britain did not even manage a medal in the men’s event and their best time of 3:50.341 was almost identical to their gold medal ride in Rio four years ago, then a…

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Renaissance man of cycling

“ON my 18th birthday, my father asked me – nicely enough – to pack my bags. I remember that day like it was yesterday. He shook my hand and said “good luck, son.” Josiah Ng had just turned 18 but had refused to give up cycling competitively. His parents had wanted Josiah to either become an engineer or a doctor. “My parents had a ‘fairly traditional’ mentality. I loved cycling since I was five as it was freedom on my bike. So, it was either study or be on my…

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Home’s best for hot Harrif

Some 15 years ago, Mohd Harrif Saleh was a streetwise kid racing on a “mosquito bike” on the streets of Terengganu. Today, he is the hottest Malaysian thing on two wheels. His exploits in road cycling have made him a worthy catch for any professional cycling team but he intends to stay loyal to his home state. Harrif became the only Malaysian double winner in 25 years of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) history when he won Stage Five of the race from Kuala Kubu Baru to Ipoh on Tuesday.…

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Yusof wins another para Olympic spot for cyclists

Mohd Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin (pic) has virtually secured another prized spot at the Tokyo Paralympics for Malaysia with his bronze medal feat at the recent Para Cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada last week. However, he is not assured of joining the Tokyo Paralympics contingent. The slot goes to the nation and not the individual. The 22-year-old rode his way to a historic bronze in the men’s C1 scratch race event at the para world meet last week. Spaniard Ricardo Argiles won the race ahead of Russian Ivan Ermakov.…

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