PORT KLANG – The Pulau Indah 180 Cycling Challenge 2018 organised by Central Spectrum Sdn Bhd (CSSB) which was supposed to take place today, was cancelled at the eleventh hour due to safety reasons.
CSSB chief executive officer Datuk Mahmud Abbas said the decision was made after the police informed them that they would not be deploying traffic control personnel for the race.
“We found out about the police’s decision at around 5am, so CSSB, as the organiser decided to cancel the race for safety reasons,” he told a press conference here, today.
According to Mahmud, the third edition of the annual race was then converted into a 80km fun ride, and the organiser also gave assurances that the participation fee would be refunded.
A total of 1,000 local and international participants had registered for the 180 km race, scheduled to begin from the CSSB headquarters in Pulau Indah.
A fee of RM130 was charged for the individual category, and RM1,300 for the group category.
Mahmud said, meanwhile, the company was trying to get in touch with the police to find out why the event did not receive the department’s support when all security and safety requirements had been complied with and the Sports Commissioner had also given the green light.
A participant from Brunei, Raziman Ahmad 41 said he and his team felt a little disappointed when they learned the event was cancelled, as they had prepared well to get a podium finish.
“My teammates and I came from Brunei to race here, this is our second time, the first was in 2016 and our team finished fifth then,” he said, adding that they would definitely return if the event was organised again next year, as they were confident with CSSB as an organiser.
Local participant Sharifah Nur Ilyana Syed Zulkifli, who will be representing Terengganu in the 2018 Malaysia Games in Perak also expressed her disappointment as she was looking forward to the event as a good platform to practise for the games. – BERNAMA