PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) has congratulated Datuk Azizulhasni Awang for winning the silver medal at the men's keirin Tokyo Olympics final.
Muhyiddin said this success adds to the joy of the national contingent before the Tokyo Olympics closes on Sunday (Aug 8).
“Whatever the colour, the sparkle of the medals collected at the largest sporting stage will certainly have a significant meaning to you and the country when the Jalur Gemilang is raised.
“Malaysians are proud to witness your performance and the unwavering spirit you have shown. Even I felt touched to see your cries of victory just now.
“We in Malaysia certainly understand the feelings and hardship that you have gone through throughout these games. Thank you for all your sacrifices for the country,” he said on his Facebook page.
Muhyiddin also congratulated Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, the coaching staff and the entire Malaysian contingent.
He also consoled Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom.
“To Shah Firdaus, I would like to say that not getting to join Azizulhasni in the final should not dampen your spirit.
“The commitment and spirit 'For Malaysia' that was displayed when you were willing to put aside the pain experienced during the qualifying and semifinal rounds proves that you are a hero to be admired. Thank you, Shah Firdaus,” he said.
Azizulhasni Awang took home the silver medal after he overtook Dutch world champion Harrie Lavreysen in the final. The gold medal went to Britain’s Sir Jason Kenny.
Shah Firdaus was eliminated after placing last in Heat 2 of the quarter-finals.