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Cyclist Rizal mans up and drops out of Asiad


National track cyclist Mohd Rizal Tisin has pulled himself out of the Incheon Asian Games squad because he feels he won't be able to do well. - Filepic

National track cyclist Mohd Rizal Tisin has pulled himself out of the Incheon Asian Games squad because he feels he won't be able to do well. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: It takes a brave man to admit that he is not good enough.

But that’s exactly what national cyclist Mohd Rizal Tisin has done – by pulling out from the squad for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.

His cited his below par condition for pulling out.

Rizal was with the national cycling track team in Cottbuss, Germany, for the last one month as part of the team’s centralised training programme. The others who were there included Azizulhasni Awang, Josiah Ng, Mohd Edrus Yunos, Ju Pha Som and Fatehah Mustapa.

Rizal, the former Asian Championships gold medallist, said that he has returned home while the team have gone to Incheon.

“My form has not been too good and I made a personal decision to withdraw from the Asian Games. I wanted to compete in my last Asiad but I knew I wouldn’t be able to make any difference under this condition. It is best that I do not compete,” said the 30-year-old Rizal, who trains under coach John Beasley.

“I’m not injured ... I competed at the Commonwealth Games (in Glasgow) recently but did not perform up to expctations. I could not raise my level of performances during the training stint in Germany either.

“I may be out but I’m not quitting yet. I plan to give it a try until the next World Championships (in February) ... after that I’ll consider taking up a coaching job.”

Rizal’s best achievement was winning a bronze medal in the 1km time trial at the World Championships in Poland in 2009.

Although he is out of the picture, he is still confident that the men’s track team, led by Azizulhasni, can make amends at the Asiad.

At the Commonwealth Games in August, the team delivered just one bronze – through Azizulhasni in the individual keirin.

“I’m positive about the team’s chances in Asiad – especially in the men’s team sprint. The track riders worked really hard during the training. My bet is on Azizul to nick the individual keirin gold in Incheon,” said Rizal.

Azizul won the gold medal in the individual keirin at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou four years ago.

“In the women’s track event, I believe that Fatehah and Ju Pha can win medals. They looked solid in their preparations too. I wish them all the best,” said Rizal.

Fatehah is expected to strike it right in the 500m time trial after finishing fourth at the more competitive event in Glasgow. She also finished fourth in the same event at the Guangzhou Asiad in 2010.

   

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