Red zone in Negri Sembilan still a comfort zone for Sabah cyclists

Business as usual: Sabah coach Louis Pang (centre) posing with his cyclists Bong Yong Xian (right) and Waldron Chee.

PETALING JAYA: Sabah coach Louis Pang can heave a sigh of relief after his team were allowed to continue their daily training at the National Velodrome in Nilai despite the area being declared a red zone.

The locality in Negri Sembilan has been placed under conditional movement control order (CMCO) from yesterday until Nov 10 due to rising cases of Covid-19.

But thankfully, the Sabah cyclists have been given special permission to do inter-state travel from Bukit Jalil to their training base in Nilai.

“Those under state and national programmes have the permission to continue training and it’s not going to be a problem.

“It’s only a small area in Nilai that is under CMCO and it does not involve the area where the cycling velodrome is located.

“I am grateful that we are still able to continue our daily track training.

“But we do take certain precautions to be safe, ” said Louis, adding that the current situation is a test for everyone’s mental fortitude.

“We were looking forward to the national track championships this month but it has been called off now because of CMCO.

“It’s mentally stressful for the athletes and also the coaches as you spent all the time preparing for what could be your only competition this year and then it’s called off.

“I always tell my boys to focus on what we can control like our training and not what we can’t control, ” he added.

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