PUTRAJAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has decided to take a stern stance against the under-performing road cyclists.
Having seen the riders fail to win a single gold medal in last month’s Myanmar SEA Games, Khairy has set a two-year Key Performance Index (KPI) for the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF).
The national cyclists have now failed to land a gold in the last three editions of the Games.
Khairy said that his ministry would allow MNCF to continue their road programme on their own.
“But they (MNCF) will be accountable for the RM1.5mil given by my ministry through a special allocation for the Tour of Langkawi every year,” he said after chairing the SEA Games post-mortem at his ministry on Thursday.
“Since the road cyclists failed to win gold in the SEA Games and do not want to have a joint road training programme with the National Sports Council (NSC), I will evaluate them their KPI for two years – this year and next year.”
He wants them to do well in road races and to win at least one or two stages of the Le Tour de Langkawi (LtdL).
“I also want accountability for every sen spent by MNCF on the road cyclists as they have failed to win gold at the SEA Games,” he said.
“They have shown me their accounts but I’m not satisfied as it was not in detail ... how the money was spent on buying items for the cyclists.
“I have asked the Youth and Sports Ministry internal auditor (Rokiah Sahat) to check their accounts.”
Khairy was also annoyed with the way MNCF excluded professional road cyclist Zambri Salleh from the SEA Games squad at the last minute.
“MNCF stated that NSI (National Sports Institute) issued them a letter stating that Zambri was unfit to compete because he was down with fever,” said Khairy.
“But, according to NSI, they never issued such a letter. I want MNCF to explain to me who issued the letter.”