Terengganu’s cycling team is well on track for further glory in the international arena, said Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman. The state is making bold moves to have its riders compete in the prestigious Tour de France in five years and possibly win a medal in the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
Brimming with confidence, Razif said the success of the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) riders in the just concluded Malaysia Games in Sarawak and the earlier Le Tour de Langkawi proved that there was plenty in store in the future. Terengganu bagged 14 gold, four silver and four bronze in the Malaysia Games, its largest medal haul for cycling.
At this year’s Le Tour de Langkawi, Terengganu’s Mohammed Adiq Husainie Othman emerged the best Asian rider and winning the White Jersey, making him the first Malaysian to win the title in the race’s 21-year history.
“Adiq outshone more established riders from China’s Hengxiang Cycling Team and Japan’s Aisan Racing Team,” said the Menteri Besar.
“In fact, our Anuar Manan was crowned the tour’s first Malaysian sprint king (Green Jersey) in 2010. And more recently on July 30, Mohd Hariff Saleh was the sprint king at the Le Tour de Jakarta, with the TSG team finishing second for sprints,” added Razif.
“TSG also finished second overall in the Jakarta tour,” said Razif after presenting Adiq with the ‘Malaysia Book of Records’ award at Primula Beach Hotel.
Razif announced a RM10,000 reward and a plot of land for Adiq. Razif added that Terengganu was already famous for producing world class track racers like Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa.
“There must be more development plans for sports like cycling by channeling greater financial allocation to provide world-class facilities, equipment, trainers and nutrition to produce a cream of champion riders,” said Razif.
On another note, Razif announced that the 15-strong TSG was bolstered with the hiring of Slovakian coach Adam Szabo, who was involved with world champion Peter Sagan and European champion Erik Baska. TSG have also signed on riders Daniel Whitehouse of New Zealand, Dadi Suryadi of Indonesia and Maral-Erdene Batmunkh of Mongolia.
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