Thursday, March 13, 2014

UCI will be taken to task

UNHAPPY: Coach Beasley riled over inconsistent rulings in the keirin

THE Asian Games will be the national track squad's main target this year.

But before that, head coach John Beasley will first take the International Cycling Union (UCI) to task over inconsistent rulings in the keirin that have constantly affected Malaysia in major meets.
Not allowing the dust to settle on Azizulhasni Awang's controversial disqualification from the second round of the World Championships keirin event in Cali, Colombia last month, Beasley is preparing an article to point out the exact weaknesses to the UCI.

"The problem was two years ago the UCI made a ruling which doesn't allow us to present our case even if we have proof," said Beasley.

Azizulhasni was disqualified from the second round of the keirin after being judged to have caused a crash involving Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, robbing him of a spot in the final.

"The ruling was made based on video evidence. But even if we had video evidence that showed otherwise it would not be accepted when clearly what we saw was that Glaetzer was the one who ran into Azizul," said Beasley.

Beasley added that he is preparing an article to be presented to the UCI which exposes inconsistencies in the ruling made in the keirin throughout last season, including video evidence.
Azizulhasni was twice disqualified last season, the first time in the final at Round Three of the World Cup in Guadalajara.

"I think the UCI is trying to sanitise the keirin too much that it is taking away the excitement. Crashes do happen, but the guidelines should be clear. What is happening now is that the ruling changes according to the commissaires on duty."

Beasley was speaking after a ceremony where the track endurance squad received sponsorship from Belgian bicycle manufacturer Ridley at the National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday.
Also present were NSC director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong and Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad.

While the track endurance squad have been set a target of earning a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, while aiming for medals at the 2020 Games, Beasley said the main focus this year will be on the Asian Games.

"We enter the Commonwealth Games defending the keirin gold, but this time the Australians, New Zealanders and British are a step above. Of course we should be aiming for medals," said Beasley.
"The gold medal targets will be at the Asian Games. That's our main focus. We've set one gold medal as our target, while we could be in the running for more, especially with the improvement shown by Fatehah Mustapa.

"She is now truly a world class keirin rider herself. So we could at least be looking at a first ever medal in a women's event at the Asian Games and even the Commonwealth Games."

The national track endurance squad after receiving the sponsorship from Belgian bicycle manufacturer Ridley at the National Sports Council yesterday. Bernama pic


Read more: CYCLING: UCI will be taken to task - Racing - New Straits Times

 By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL | arnaz@nst.com.my

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