Thursday, June 06, 2013

Terengganu Back Up Squad Cyclist Killed In Training Mishap

KUALA TERENGGANU, June 6 (Bernama) -- A back up squad rider from the Terengganu cycling team was killed when he was hit by a lorry after falling off his bicycle during a training mishap while two others suffered minor injuries at Kampung Tepuh near here, this morning.

Mohd Shafik Imran Syahril, 15, from Kampung Cabang Tiga died of serious injuries at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (HSNZ) here, while Ahmad Fikri Ahmad Fazli, 19 and Cikku Mohamad Nadzmi Cikku Ramli, 19, suffered minor injuries.

During the mishap, about 40 cyclists from Terengganu, including riders from TSG, SUKMA squad and back up squad were undergoing their routine training which started at 8.30am from Kuala Terengganu to Bukit Besi, along the East Coast Expressway 2 (LPT 2).

About 30 minutes later the riders reached Kampung Tepuh and while the group of riders were passing through a narrow bridge, some tried to avoid a pot-hole in the mid-section of the bridge, causing some to fall when they failed to avoid the pot-hole.

"One of the riders hit the pot-hole and fell, followed by three others, including the victim, Ahmad Fikri and Cikku Mohamad. However, Ahmad Fikri and Cikku Mohamad managed to get up and avoid a lorry that was coming from the opposite direction while Mohd Shafik was hit," said Terengganu cycling coach Syed Hussein Syed Mazlan.

Mohd Shafik, a Terengganu cycling back up squad project rider, is regarded as a rising star since his performance has been improving tremendously in training, day by day.

Meanwhile, Cikku Mohamad who was with the victim said he and Ahmad Fikri managed to get up in time but Mohd Shafik was hit by the lorry.

"Even after suffering serious injuries, Mohd Shafik could still speak while being taken away in an ambulance. He was mentioning his mother's name (Tuan Jarah Kamariah Tuan Ahmad), 40 and asked for help to take of his shoes. It was a very sad moment for me," said Cikku Mohamad when met at the HSNZ.

Also in the hospital were his mother Tuan Jarah Kamariah and Terengganu state sports council director Zainal Abidin Husin.

His mother said before leaving the house for training today, her son had asked her for pocket money to have breakfast with his friends and before leaving had jokingly said he was going far away today.

"I thought he was going for training to a far place today and felt his words were meant as a joke. I did not expect those words were his last spoken words to me. He was always jovial and liked to joke. We are all going to miss him," she said between sobs adding that she received a call from his colleague to inform that her son had met with an accident.

Meanwhile, Zainal urged motorists to be considerate and sensitive, especially when cyclists were undergoing training on roads, to avoid accidents that can prove to be fatal.

"We have taken all the necessary steps to optimise the safety of cyclists but we also need the cooperation of motorists to be considerate because the cyclist will be facing a high risk when riding on roads, especially highways," he said.


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