KUALA LUMPUR – National track cycling head coach, John Beasley has reiterated his plan to remain with the Malaysian team to ‘finish his job’ before leaving.
After serving the national team for 11 years, the Australian’s contract is due at the end of this year, but he has set his sights on producing and developing more young talents, besides delivering the country’s first Olympics gold medallist at the Tokyo 2020.
“My plan is to stay here as long as Malaysia wants. By the time Malaysia says we do not need you anymore, I will leave. I have been offered other jobs, but we have started something here and have not finished yet.
“I want to leave a big legacy plan for Malaysia, which will be successful long after my absence. Even now, the young coaches have done an excellent job for the SEA Games. I just manage and support them; the level of coaching is rising,” he told reporters at the Sime Darby Foundation’s Road to Tokyo 2020 press conference, here, yesterday.
It was reported that Beasley had received offers from countries like United Arab Emirates, Japan and Iran in the past, but he remains hopeful to continue coaching and developing Malaysian talents, including keirin world champion Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, Fatehah Mustapa and Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom.