Malaysia Continental Team eye 2012 Olympics

 

 

ON the back of a disappointing Sea Games outing and a lagging road programme, the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) has put into place a new Malaysia Continental Team, geared towards the 2012 Olympics.

Although talk was rife about the possibilities of this team being formed and starting the Jelajah Malaysia next week, the council sitting at the federation’s annual general meeting yesterday finally provided an unanimous endorsement.

The 12-man team are funded through the development grant made available by the Government and combines the track endurance squad with the back-up squad of juniors who have just graduated into senior ranks.

Registration as a continental team would allow the team to complement the national road team and score ranking points for the country.

This would lead towards qualification for World Championships and Olympics, although qualification for road events in the latter in 2008 is already closed.

This is, however, a separate programme from the road development programme already running, which holds the national road riders competing in stage races and road events.

Disappointment was the tone within the council in view of the national team’s performance in the recent Sea Games, which served to dampen the promise shown in continental and world class events this year.

The Malaysia Continental Team: Amir Mustafa Rusli, Harrif Salleh, Akmal Amrun, Jasmin Ruslan, Saiful Anuar Abdul Aziz, Thum Weng Kin, Harnizam Basri, Syamil Baharum, Fadhli Anwar Fauzi, Zamani Mustarudin, Shahrul Afiza Fauzan, Fuirdaus Daud. — Arnaz M. Khairul

~ by missjewelz on January 10, 2008.

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