Azizul and Shah find joy at Joe velodrome


  • Cycling
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

Dynamic duo: Azizulhasni Awang (left) and Mohd Shah Firdaus have resumed their training in Melbourne.

PETALING JAYA: After two months away from the velodrome, Azizulhasni Awang and Mohd Shah Firdaus are loving the feeling of whizzing around the tracks again.The Tokyo Olympics medal hopefuls have been back in training at the Joe Ciavola Velodrome in Melbourne since Monday.

The Australian government has eased restrictions and allowed sports training to resume, with track cycling among the sports that have been given the green light to restart.

But as their coach John Beasley puts it, his charges have never stopped training.

“Things went really well the last two days, we all enjoyed being back together at the indoor track once again.

“We have done solid gym work over the last three months with some ergo (stationary bike) sessions so we have never stopped.

“The only difference is now we can stop doing ergo and get back onto the track.

“They have put on a little more muscle on since the world championships in late February because that was our major focus,” said Beasley, who also doubled up as the derny rider since his assistant Harnizam Basri is unable to return to their Melbourne training base due to the pandemic.

Mini gyms were set up in Azizul and Shah’s homes when Australia introduced tough restrictions in March to suppress the Covid-19 outbreak there.

“We changed the plans around when the lockdown came into force and although things have been done differently, I still think we managed to achieve some good gains.”

Only Azizul and Shah, who have made the cut for the Tokyo Olympics for the individual keirin and sprint events, are training in Melbourne as Mohd Fadhil Zonis and Anis Amira Rosidi are still in Malaysia.
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