Cycling: Brunei hope to put up strong challenge

Yee Chun Leong

THE national cycling team are looking to put up a strong challenge at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Brunei will be represented by seven riders - Abdul Hadrie Morsidi, Amiruddin Hj Md Amir, Andrew Nikha Sianong, Azmi Abd Hadzid, Ahmad Rifa'ie Hj Johor, Md Nurjamri Johari and Md Rafiuddin Zikara - vying for top honours in the road and track events at the Aug 19-30 tournament.

They have had preparations done over the past couple of months having trained in Cambodia and Malaysia in May.

The team then went for a three-week training camp in Thailand in June before heading to Kuala Lumpur last month to test out the race route and venue.

National cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin expects his charges to put up a good showing.

“We will give it our best performance during the SEA Games,” said Yafiz in a recent interview with BruSports News.

“Even if we lose, we will make sure that we will put up a strong challenge and ensure that the winners will not have it easy. It will be a bonus should we win,” he added.

When asked if any targets were set out for his team, Yafiz replied: “My personal target as a coach is to see the riders do their best.

“Hopefully they will be able to show something to make the country proud,” the Malaysian concluded.

National cycling team receive sponsorship boost

The national cycling team were boosted by the sponsorship of apparels and helmets after a signing ceremony between the sponsors and Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.

The apparels were sponsored by I-Sports Wear while the helmets by Ranking, which is distributed by Awang Tumtum Cycle in the country.

Present to sign on behalf of I-Sports Wear was Abd Khalid Hj Ali while BDCF was represented by its secretary general Omar Ali Ibrahim.

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