KUALA LUMPUR: The poor state of affairs in the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) will not help Malaysia’s hopes of winning a gold medal in road races at the Singapore SEA Games in June says former National cyclist Nor Effandy Rosli.
He said the standard and performance of the National cyclists involved in road race was still at the old mark, as such they have failed to produce competitive and favourable results against their regional opponents.
“It has been a long time since we won a gold medal from road race. The last time Malaysia won a gold medal was in the 2005 Manila SEA Games through Suhardi Hassan. So where did we go wrong? To me it is the leadership in the MNCF.
“I have voiced my concern before but nothing has changed. I therefore feel the country’s chances of winning a gold medal is difficult,” he said when announcing the Melawati Jambrorace 2015 championships at Menara Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), here yesterday.
Nor Effandy, winner of a silver medal at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games said they (riders) may be able to win a medal or two (not gold) in road races because of the flat terrain that favours Malaysian riders but was firm on his call for changes in the MNCF.
“The management is still the same old people over the years…we have good riders and in the past we have won gold medals with coaches like Datuk Ng Joo Ngan. Riders must train abroad to improve and be more focused. During our time we trained in Australia, Japan and China,” he said.
Nor Effandy had also assisted the National squad to emerge victorious in the Overall Asian category during the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) in 1999 and won a bronze medal at the Asian Cycling Championships in 1993.
The Melawati Jamborace 2015 which offers RM14,000 as prize money is being jointly organised by MPAJ and Sime Darby Property.