PETALING JAYA: Cyclists can consider themselves a lucky lot as they still get to continue with their daily training routine even as the Youth and Sports Ministry are calling for standard operating procedures (SOP) to be tightened.
The Sabah cyclists, for instance, who are currently based in Kuala Lumpur, are taking precautionary measures by skipping their meals outside in view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.
Sabah coach Louis Pang said it was better to be safe than sorry.
“We used to have our meals outside but now we try to cook our own meals at home, ” said Louis.
“There is no interruption in training for us.
“We stay in Kuala Lumpur and train at the National Velodrome in Nilai for the Sukma (Malaysia Games) next year but we do take certain precautions.
“I’ve told them how lucky they are as training for all sports back in Sabah has been stopped because of the Covid-19 situation there.”
The Youth and Sports Ministry have prohibited all athletes, coaches and officials staying at the NSC training centre hostels from returning to their hometowns till Oct 31 except for emergency cases due to the current Covid-19 situation.
All sports programmes under the ministry and their agencies have also been called off but they have allowed the activities under the national sports associations to go on under strict guidelines.
The ministry are also prohibiting athletes, coaches and officials who have made movements in and out of the conditional movement control order areas in Sabah, Kedah and Klang from returning to the National Sports Council training centre hostel until Oct 31.