KUALA LUMPUR – International Cycling Union (UCI) Management Board member, Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill has denied there was mention of Velodrome Rakyat let alone a directive, to demolish it during the UCI Management Committee meeting in Guilin, China last week.
Amarjit, who is also Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice-president said that as such, there was no discussion about Velodrome Rakyat during the one-day meeting.
“ I am very surprised as to who, how and where is the source of this information that the UCI Management Committee had given such a directive.
“If there is any decision pertaining to Asia and more so pertaining to Malaysia, I will be the first to be informed and consulted. There is no truth to the story ” he said in a statement here,today.
Amarjit was responding to a local newspaper report stating that UCI had directed that Velodrome Rakyat should be demolished since it was rebuilt not according to the UCI specifications.
However on the issue of homologation by UCI, the process is still ongoing and if UCI Technical officials would like to make some recommendations, they are welcomed.
UCI Homologation entitles Velodrome Rakyat to host UCI International Registered Events.
“On the issue that the track events will be dropped from Perak Sukma, let me make it clear that for any national events to take place on the track, it only requires homologation by the national federation which is the MNCF.
Therefore, question of the 2018 Sukma 2018 track events will be dropped doesn’t arise at all” he added.
In 2016, the Ministry of Youth and Sports gave allocation of RM 11 million for refurbishmernt of the timber track of Velodrome Rakyat. – BERNAMA