NSC revise cycling team's travel plans for Asian Games

KUALA LUMPUR: National coach John Beasley heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday after the National Sports Council (NSC) took into account his input and made changes to their travelling arrangements for the Hangzhou Asian Games next month.

The track cycling events will be held at the Chun'an Jieshou Sports Centre Velodrome, from Sept 26-29.

The cyclists were initially scheduled to fly out on Sept 23, leaving them with only a few days to settle in for the competition.

Thanks to NSC, the team will now head to Hangzhou on Sept 19.

"It looks like we will depart in the afternoon on Sept 19 and arrive the next day at 3am. We will rest for a day upon arrival," said Beasley.

"We will train from Sept 21 and compete on Sept 26.

"The cyclists are on track for the mission. We will do our best to achieve the targets."

Azizulhasni Awang was the star of the Malaysian team at the 2018 Jakarta edition, winning the men's sprint gold, sprint team silver and keirin bronze.

The cyclists hope to return with two gold medals from Hangzhou.

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