Azizulhasni Awang may be a newly-crowned world champion in Keirin for Track Cycling, but he always remember his roots. Upon returning to his home state in Terengganu, Dungun-born Azizulhasni was rewarded with a RM200,000 reward from the state government.

Hometown hero crowned world champion Azizulhasni Awang donning the rainbow jersey, returns to greet fans in Terengganu. (Bernama)

“There have been ups and downs in my career, including getting pierced by a wood splinter in my leg (at the 2010 World Cup in Manchester, England), the ‘Save Gaza’ gloves controversy at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where I was almost disqualified. Then, I managed to achieve success by winning an Olympic bronze in Rio last year,” said Azizulhasni.

“All this will spur me to work harder to realise another dream. I want to bring home the first Olympic gold in Tokyo and I also hope to inspire more youngsters to pick up cycling.” added the 29-year-old.

He also spared time to greet and meet his fans who were excitedly awaiting their hometown hero, donning the world champion rainbow jersey in Kuala Terengganu.

 

His coach John Beasley also confirmed that the world champion will compete in the Keirin and Sprint event at the newly-built National Velodrome in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games this August.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman also announced that Terengganu would build a velodrome in Dungun at a cost of RM10mil.

“We will also give any Terengganu athlete a monthly incentive of RM2,000 if they qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,” said Ahmad Razif.

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