Thursday, June 06, 2013

MNCF to get tough after Shafiq’s death

PETALING JAYA: It was a sad day for the Malaysian cycling fraternity as they mourn the death of junior state cyclist Mohd Shafiq Imran Syahril, who was killed during training in Terengganu yesterday.

“It’s sad news that a junior cyclist had been killed in an accident today ... let us pray for him,” Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in his opening speech at the launch of the Jelajah Malaysia cycling race in Putrajaya yesterday.
He also sent his condolences to the family.

Shafiq, 15, was training with a team of 40 cyclists at 9.30am in Kampung Gemuruh, Tepuh yesterday when he crashed into an oncoming trailer.

The Form Three student of Sekolah Menengah Bandar had apparently tried to avoid another rider, who swerved into his path after hitting a pothole.
Shafiq succumbed to his injuries on the way to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah hospital in Kuala Terengganu.

The cyclists were training for the National Cycling Grand Prix, which is scheduled to be held in Perlis in two weeks’ time.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said that it was standard practice for state and national cyclists to have an escort vehicle following them when they are out training on the road.

“This is not a regulation set by the federation ... it’s a general practice for the coach to drive with them as an escort so as to let other traffic users be aware of cyclists in training,” he said.
“I haven’t received a report on the accident ... whether there was an escort with them.”
Last year, recreational cyclist Rafizi Hamdan was killed in an accident at the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) near Taman Melawati after being hit by a car in March.

In January last year, national cyclist Mariana Mohammad suffered multiple fractures on her left arms and ribs after being hit by a car during a closed road training session in Putrajaya.
She was training for selection to the Asian Cycling Championships.

In April last year, national cyclist Ng Yong Li escaped with just bruises after a motorcycle hit him during training near Taman Tasik Ampang, also at the MRR2.

“We will sit down to discuss the need for the regulations to be adhered strictly in terms of conducting training for state and national cyclists,” said Naim.

“This is a sport with high risks ... but the safety of the athletes is paramount.”



THE STAR

No comments:

Post a Comment