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Services Of Van Driver Involved In National Cyclist Accident To Be Terminated

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PUTRAJAYA- The services of the driver of the escort van that ran over National junior cyclist Nur Rozi Yanti Mat Rodzi when she fell at KM19 of the Silk Highway, near the Kajang Utama exit, during routine training, will be terminated.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the report from a committee that investigated the incident stated that the driver was careless.

The committee headed by Datuk Ab Jalil Abdullah called up eight individuals, namely two coaches, five riders, including Nur Rozi and the van driver.

“His services will be terminated after one month’s notice. The National Sports Council (NSC) will issue the termination notice.

“I have also asked the NSC to take discipline action against the coach who should be partly be blamed for the incident,” he told reporters after handing over the Jalur Gemilang to the Malaysian contingent for 8th Asia Pacific Deaf Games in Taoyuan, Taiwan from Oct 3 to 11.

Khairy said he had also directed the NSC to review the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for training road cycling to ensure the safety of riders, based on recommendations from the committee.

“We feel the SOP is outdated and lack adequate safety procedures. We need to streamline the SOP with the what is being practiced internationally by countries like Australia and leading cycling nations.

“The training procedures has reached an advanced level and we need to study ways to improve even if it involves some allocation. We also need to look at improving equipment used for training purposes, especially for training on the roads,” he said.

– BERNAMA

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