Thursday, May 30, 2013

NSC Okay With Tan Song Hwa Switching To Cycling - Zolkples

KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 (Bernama) -- The National Sports Council (NSC) has no objections if SEA Games gold medallist hammer thrower Tan Song Hwa wants to switch to cycling, said its director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

He said what was important was that Tan, who landed the gold at the last SEA Games in Indonesia, expand his wings in the new sport and bring honours for the country.

"If he has potential in cycling, why would we object? He might be even more successful in cycling," he told reporters at the NSC complex in Bukit Jalil here Wednesday.

However, he said a final decision on the switch had yet to be made because the focus now was on the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

Tan has shined in the 'Ride with Pride' programme organised by the National Sports Institute (NSI) which had tested 90 athletes who had wanted to switch from their sport to cycling but only three made the cut.

The programme held at the end of last year was an initiative by the NSI to unearth new cycling talent for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Meanwhile, commenting on ugly incidents during the FA Cup semifinal second-leg match between Pahang and Johor Darul Takzim at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan last night, Zolkples said all quarters should give priority to safety of the players and spectators.

Besides the safety aspects, he said the organisers must also give due consideration to the managements aspects.

The match had to be postponed because the stadium which has a capacity for 35,000 spectators had more than 40,000 fans, besides the opposing fans taunting each other.

-- BERNAMA

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