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Published: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 10:15:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 25, 2014 MYT 10:29:14 PM

A damp squib of a forum

Barely 50 people attended the forum to improve road cycling organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation at Universiti Putra Malaysia on Saturday. - NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

Barely 50 people attended the forum to improve road cycling organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation at Universiti Putra Malaysia on Saturday. - NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

SERDANG: The forum organised by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) to improve road cycling almost turned into a farce as the president and key figures such as the coach and managers involved in the Myanmar SEA Games were absent.

In the forum held at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on Saturday, only several MNCF executive committee members were present to receive input to improve the road cycling programme that has come under fire after the failure to win a gold in Myanmar last December.

MNCF president Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab, coach Aminuddin Sulaiman, managers Amrun Misnoh and Omar Saad were missing. And the 50-odd people who attended the forum were not current national or professional cyclists.

Among those present were former national cyclists Shaharuddin Jaafar, Daud Mohamad and Jamaluddin Omar.

MNCF executive committee members who were present were deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad and vice presidents Datuk Samad Ariffin and Ibrahim Mustafa.

Shaharuddin, who was the gold medallist in the SEAP Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1965, was highly critical of the MNCF.

“The absence of the president tells you the forum is not important to him. He is the one who should listen first-hand to the grouses of the people who love cycling,” he said.

Nasaruddin Idrus, a member of the Terengganu Sports Council’s coaching panel, said the MNCF should stop sending officials out for a free ride to competitions like SEA Games or Asian Championships.

“In Myanmar, there were so many of them (MNCF officials). In fact, they sent so many officials that they forgot to send a physiotherapist for the cyclists,” lamented Nasaruddin.

Meanwhile, Naim said all feedback from the forum would be addressed.

“We admit that there are failures from within and we want to rectify it. A change from within is necessary. But it doesn’t mean that the president must go because we have an election for that.

“The change is regarding the delegation of duties to more reliable and performing people,” said Naim, adding that an executive committee meeting would be called as soon as he completes the report on the forum.

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