The ride can continue for Fatehah – in coaching


  • Cycling
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: Fatehah Mustapa (pic) has been urged to consider taking up a coaching role in the national track cycling set-up now that she has decided to retire.

The two-time Olympian announced her retirement on Saturday after 17 years in track cycling.

Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice-president Datuk Amarjit Singh said it would be a waste of her talent if Fatehah dissociates herself from the cycling fraternity.

“The decision comes as a surprise as she is still in the Podium Programme for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

“We’re still trying to come to terms with her resignation. There are not many woman cyclists and she has been a good role model.

“We respect her decision but I would strongly suggest that she consider taking up a coaching role.

“We want to sit down and talk to her when things return to normal.

“It will be good for her to contribute back to the sport as she has spent 11 years in Melbourne under Australian coach John Beasley.

“If we can tap into her experience and get more woman cyclists, it would be much better for the country.

“Becoming a coach will give her steady employment. Furthermore, her whole life revolves around cycling, so what is she going to do next ... that is something to consider,” said Amarjit.

The 31-year-old Fatehah has chalked up numerous firsts for Malaysia in women’s track cycling.

She is the only Malaysian female cyclist to win gold at the Asian Cycling Championships – not once but twice (in Kuala Lumpur in 2012 and in New Delhi in 2013).

She is also the only Malaysian woman to win a UCI Track World Cup medal – after riding to silver in the keirin event at the Mexico leg in 2014.

That same year saw Fatehah making history by winning silver in the keirin event at the Incheon Asian Games. It is still the only medal for Malaysia at the Asian Games won by a female cyclist.

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