KUALA LUMPUR: Cycling great Datuk Ng Joo Ngan supports the Malaysia National Cycling Federation's (MNCF) move to revive the national road squad but with one condition.
That the programme is managed by those who are qualified and experienced to do so.
Joo Ngan who said the move could prove beneficial, however, highlighted a number of issues such as funding for the team as well as choosing the right riders.
"It is a good idea but it is not easy to do as you need to spend a lot of money and also find a coach and manager who is experienced and committed to carry out the responsibilities,” said Joo Ngan yesterday.
"MNCF also have to select both junior and senior riders who are willing to give their 100 per cent commitment to the team.
"If the riders are not willing to give 100 per cent and cannot deliver the results, it will just be a waste of money."
Joo Ngan suggested that the team comprise four senior riders and eight junior riders under the age of 20.
"The young riders should be able to learn from the seniors in the team. This will help with their development and prepare them for bigger races.
"If they (juniors) are quick to learn, it is possible they could win gold at the 2019 Manila Sea Games."
MNCF hope to revive the road squad as part of their preparation for the 2019 Manila Sea Games. The shortlisted riders include Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi, Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie, Muhammad Ameer and Muhammad Ameen Ahmad Kamal as well as Muhammad Elmi Jumari, Hamdan Hamidun, Muhammad Shaiful Mohd Shukri and Azli Najmi Zulkefli.
Translated from Berita Harian