by BERNAMA / pic by AFP
THE national para-cycling squad received four slots, namely three men’s and one women’s events at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, which is set to take place from Aug 24 to Sept 5 next year.
Team coordinator Kamarul Aizad Othman said the slots were given by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to the national squad based on the team’s excellent performance in several Paralympic qualifying tournaments last year.
He said the Malaysian National Cycling Federation will decide on the final list of riders for the Games before the deadline in June 2021.
“We hope the national men’s sprint squad will be able to get us a medal in Tokyo, as they managed to finish in fifth place at the 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada, earlier this year,” he told Bernama recently.
Kamarul Aizad said six national cyclists are currently placed under the Special Tokyo Paralympic Programme.
The four male riders are Mohamad Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin, Mohd Najib Turano, Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi and Muhammad Hafiz Jamali, while the female riders are Nur Azlia Syafinaz Mohd Zais and Nur Suraya Muhammad Zamri.
Kamarul Aizad said the national track cycling squad is undergoing intensive training at the National Velodrome in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, while the para-road cycling squad has been practising around Putrajaya since June in preparation for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“The national road cycling squad is expected to participate in two World Cup tournaments next year in preparation for the Tokyo Paralympics, but UCI has yet to set the venue and date of the tournament,” he said. — Bernama