Thursday, February 12, 2015

MNCF Will Seek Clarification From Coach Beasley To Resolve RM21,000 Claim - Naim

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) will seek clarification from National Track Cycling coach John Beasley in relation to his claim that the federation owed him RM21,000.

MNCF deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said he was not aware of any amount owed by the MNCF to Beasley because all money owed to him had been settled in 2012, namely an additional RM12,000 that was incurred by the National track cycling team that competed in the World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan and Colombia.

"I will contact John to find out details about the RM21,000 said to be owed by MNCF. If we really owe him then we need to settle the amount. But to my knowledge the issue of payment had been settled but now the issue is back.

"If there was any outstanding amount, I am not aware of it," he told Bernama when contacted today when asked to comment on reports claiming that the MNCF owed Beasley RM21,000.

According to Naim, MNCF President Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab had also not informed him of his (Abu Samah) meeting with John in Korat, Thailand recently.

"Suddenly there is a statement that all funds have been channeled into the Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Track Team which is actually managed by me. This is like accusing me of having misappropriated the RM21,000," he said.

The MNCF in a statement today denied media reports that the federation owed National Track Cycling coach John Beasley from Australia. The statement added that all funds have been channeled to Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Track Team which is managed by Naim.

According to Naim, the sponsor had given RM2 million ahead of the 2012 London Olympics and another RM2.58 million to help the team qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

He said all payment for expenditure incurred for the National track cycling squad would be based on claims as per an agreement with the sponsor.

"I therefore hope nobody will drag the sponsors into this issue. I will seek an explanation and clarification from the coach to resolve the issue," he said.

Beasley and the team are currently in Korat for the Asian Cycling Championship (ACC) which started on Feb 4.

Last October, the MNCF was suspended by the Sports Commissioner after failing to submit a reasonable reply to a show-cause letter for over spending funds allocated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The ban was however, lifted on Jan 26, this year after the Youth and Sports Minister and the Sports Commissioner were satisfied with steps taken by the MNCF to rectify the situation and resolve irregularities in their procedures for expenditure.

-- BERNAMA

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