THE door is wide open, and M. Kumaresan is being urged by his former mentor, Datuk Naim Mohamad, to take up the leading role in charting the national track cycling programme.

Naim, the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president, in the wake of the national squad’s failure to deliver targeted medals at the London Olympics, announced on Wednesday that he would resign from his post as promised.Naim said he had resigned with immediate effect as national team manager and MNCF track committee chairman but will see out his three-year term as deputy president before stepping aside.

That leaves the national track programme in limbo, with a squad preparing for the World Junior Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand on Aug 22-26.

Naim said he wants Kumaresan, the current Kuala Lumpur Cycling Association (KLCA) deputy president and MNCF athletes’ welfare committee chairman, to move up.

“It’s time for M (Kumaresan) to stop taking up small roles just to be involved in cycling. There is a lot to be tapped from his experience and it is time for him to play a leading role,” said Naim.

“It is time he contributed back to the sport. He has the capability, the knowledge, he’s been through it all, right up to the Olympics.

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