NILAI – World keirin champion, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang fully supports the country’s intention to host one of the World Cup series for the 2019-2020 International Cycling Union (UCI) calendar at the National Velodrome here.
Mohd Azizulhasni, better known as the ‘Pocket Rocketman’ said organising the event would become a new benchmark for the track cycling arena in the country, besides promoting Malaysia to the world.
He said there was no reason for Malaysia not to bid for the series as the RM80 million velodrome had been regarded as one of the best in the world by a number of foreign riders and coaches.
“It’s like (creating) history for the country because the last time we hosted the World Cup was in the 90s in Ipoh…and that was in an open velodrome. Now, we have a world-class velodrome. It can be a great achievement and promote our country.
“Actually, the velodrome has received positive feedback from foreigners. For instance, the South African and Canadian teams have applied to use the velodrome as the centralised training venue ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he told reporters here.
The 29-year-old Terengganu-born athlete believed the development of Malaysia’s national cycling track would expand further by organising the event.
“It is a good thing for the country’s track sports if we can organise the World Cup. It is good for the audience and Malaysia as a whole…and I believe it can help to boost the development of cycling sports in our country,” said Mohd Azizulhasni.
Yesterday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia was now ready to lobby to host the event.
He said UCI president, David Lappartient had reacted positively to the country’s intention for the bid. – BERNAMA