CYCLING: Fauzan back in the fold after two-year ban
HAVING been left out in the cold until late last year, Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi now finds himself in a position to deliver for the country in both mountain biking and road cycling.
The 26-year-old policeman is likely to make the mountain bike squad for the cross-country events at the Asian Mountain Bike Championships in Lebanon next month, alongside national champion Shahrin Amir.
He's also deep into training with the national road squad as they prepare for the lucrative Tour of Indonesia on Oct 2-12, where Fauzan hopes to rank high in the general classification.
"It's just a pleasure. I can't imagine how it felt when I was out of the sport for two years and not knowing whether I'd be accepted back in.
"Now I'm grateful," said Fauzan.
He had served a two-year ban for doping after testing positive for nandrolone in 2009 and only made his return last year.
Having been overlooked for the road squad, Fauzan set out to carve a name for himself in mountain biking and aptly did so, his efforts culminating in selection for the national mountain bike squad for last year's Sea Games.
"I can easily fit in both into my programme and I'm enjoying it.
"There are many mountain bike races in the country these days, almost every week, and that gives us good training," said Fauzan.
"I then focus on training with the road squad and race with them when I'm required to do so."
On his performances thus far, Fauzan could give the Malaysian National Cycling Federation some headaches when the time comes for them to select the squads for next year's Sea Games.
"I think I would like to do both at the Sea Games, but that's if I'm selected," said Fauzan. By Arnaz M. Khairul