Thursday, October 03, 2013

Terengganu Cyclist Dies In Freak Accident

DUNGUN, Oct 2 (Bernama) -- A Terengganu rider, who is in a 15-member cycling convoy heading for Sepang, Selangor, died in a freak accident at Km71, Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan here Wednesday.

Mohamad Asmu'i Ali @ Awang, 20, was killed when he was thrown off balance and knocked into an escort van while avoiding a puddle at about 11.30am, said Terengganu Cycling Association president Datuk Saidi Ismail.

He said Mohamad Asmu'i's body would be taken to his family home in Kampung Dusun, Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu from the Dungun Hospital.

The deceased was one of 15 Terengganu cyclists, including two women, who were riding to Sepang to take part in a cretirium (a bike race held on a short course) on Sunday.

Saidi said the cycling convoy had been aborted due to the mishap.

Meanwhile, in a Twitter post, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin offered his condolences to his Mohamad Asmu'i's family.

Malaysian National Cycling Federation deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said the country lost a talented young rider.

Offering his condolences to the deceased's family, Naim said the federation was very sad over the incident.

"We would like to remind riders to be extra careful during training and competition due to high risks involved when sharing the road with vehicles, including cars, vans and motorcycles escorting them," he added.

According to the plan, the cyclists were supposed to ride Kuantan before taking a break overnight and proceeding to Kuala Pilah for another rest before heading to Sepang.

The ride was supposed to get the riders in top form before the Sepang cretirium.

-- BERNAMA

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