JOSIAH Ng could find himself on the Olympic Games roster despite not being the first choice to ride either the keirin or 200m sprint.
This is because the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) has been informed by the London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOGOC) that reserve riders will not be accredited.
MNCF deputy president and track team manager Datuk Naim Mohamad said though head coach John Beasley had initially planned to delay his decision, the federation could be forced to name Josiah on the startlist of the keirin.
"Initially the plan was to see whether the schedule of the events would allow Azizulhasni (Awang) to perform at 100 per cent in both events," said Naim.
The 200m sprint begins on Aug 4 with qualifying rounds and ends with the final heats on Aug 6, with the keirin scheduled the following day.
"Should Azizulhasni make the latter stages of the sprint, possibly the final, Beasley will have to assess the situation and come up with a decision based on his condition there on who would ride the keirin," said Naim.
"That is why it is important for Josiah to be there. Now we'll have to readjust the plans slightly and register Josiah as our rider for the keirin and act as reserve for the 200m sprint, while Azizulhasni will be registered for the 200m sprint and reserve for the keirin."
The squad, who also include Fatehah Mustapa and road rider Amir Mustafa Rusli, are already in Ghent, Belgium for their final training camp ahead of the Olympics.
They will be joined by Adiq Husainie Othman and Zamri Salleh on Tuesday. By Arnaz M. Khairul