NILAI – Malaysia will lobby to host one of the World Cup series for the 2019-2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) calendar.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said UCI president, David Lappartient had reacted positively to the country’s intention for the bid.
“The government is prepared to provide financial assistance to the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (PKBM) to bid. He (Lappartient) seems positive (on the intention) but we have to go through the formal process to bid to host.
“I support the PKBM’s proposal for us to host the World Cup because we have built a world-class velodrome…it is better for us to utilise it by hosting a world-class tournament here,” he told reporters at the National Velodrome here today.
Khairy said the ministry would improve the current facilities at the velodrome to meet the requirement set for world championships.
“One of the reasons Malaysia is hosting the ACC (Asian Cycling Championships) here is for us to see what needs to be improved in preparing for the world championships’ bidding,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khairy, who attended the ACC, said he was satisfied with the performance of national cyclists, including the paralympic and junior athletes.
“I am proud of Jupha Somnet’s performance (bagging gold in women’s points race), as well as the paralympic team and junior athletes who have showed improvement in the Asia-level here,” he said.
He added that although Azizulhasni Awang, a world champion, only secured a bronze medal in the keirin event, he believed the ‘Pocket Rocket Man’ had a more important mission, namely to defend the world title this year. – BERNAMA