PETALING JAYA: Johor track cycling coach Junaidi Nasir (pic) has no problem having to wait two more years to see his charges shine in their own backyard at the Sukma (Malaysia Games).
The biennial meet was supposed to take place this year but was postponed twice because of Covid-19.
The Youth and Sports Ministry has decided against holding the Games next year and will only stage it in 2022.
Junaidi said it was a good call in this current uncertain period.
“It’s a wise move to postpone it as we don’t know how the situation will be next year, ” said the former national cyclist.
“We do not want to be associated with a sports cluster as there will be thousands of people at the Games.
Junaidi left the Malaysian coaching team last year to helm Johor’s Sukma challenge.
Johor will be hoping to challenge for track cycling supremacy with Selangor and Terengganu.
Their cyclists have an early advantage as they are currently training at their own velodrome which was built this year.
“We have been training for sometime there and I’m not worried if Sukma takes place in 2022 as I have already prepared a long-term development.”
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