YB Khairy Jamaluddin and Azizulhasni Awang (Instagram)

Terengganu’s very first velodrome will be named after Dungun-born Olympian and World Keirin champion, Azizulhasni Awang.

“I hope Velodrome Azizulhasni Awang shall be a catalyst for the development of track cycling in Terengganu and Malaysia generally.” said Azizulhasni on social media.

Azizulhasni, affectionately known as the ‘Poket Rocketman’, won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the velodrome, to be built in the cyclist’s hometown here, would be modelled after the Roubaix Velodrome in France. The Azizulhasni Awang Velodrome will be built at a cost of RM12mil aims to churn out more world cycling champions and is expected to be ready by next year.

“With the new velodrome and cycling champions like Azizulhasni and Nur Fateha Mustafa, Terengganu can be the home of Malaysian cycling,” he said in a ceremony before laying the foundation stone of the velodrome in Kampung Balai Besar.

The minister added that youngsters would be provided with free bicycles to try out the sport in the velodrome and also announced a RM1mil grant for the state to run cycling programmes and look for new talents.

Source: The Star and Instagram.