Thursday March 14, 2013
Ahmad Shabery: Cycling team manager must face the music
KEMAMAN: The team manager of the national cycling squad to the Asian Cycling Championship in New Delhi must face the music for dereliction of duty, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said the team manger should have been looking into the needs of his charges throughout the meet and not disappear for sightseeing.
“I have taken a few days to get to the bottom of what happened in New Delhi and hoped what was reported was not true. However, it appears that instead of spending time with the athletes, visiting tourist attractions was given more priority, so much so the national anthem was not played when our cyclists won gold medals,” he told reporters here yesterday.
He added that he would await the official report on what transpired in the Indian capital from the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) before deciding on the next course of action.
He was commenting on reports that the team manager was nowhere around when Mohd Firdaus Mohd Zonis and Irwandie Lakasek won gold medals at the prestigious meet last Thursday.
It was reported that the team manager who was handling both the national squad and paralympic squad in New Delhi had taken the paralympic squad on a celebratory visit to the famed Taj Mahal in Agra, which is not very far from the Indian capital. — Bernama