Azizul in upbeat mood despite tiring journey

PETALING JAYA: The journey to Izu was a long and tiring one but it has not doused the fire in national track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang to stay motivated for his Olympic Games challenge.

The “Pocket Rocketman” said he had expected the long journey.

He went through several checkpoints at the Narita Airport and waited for an hour and a half for the bus to bring him to Shizuoka, where the Izu Velodrome is located. The venue is 120km away from Tokyo.

“We had to wait for another one and a half hours for the next bus to take us to Izu in Shizouka district. So the journey took about three to four hours. Of course, a little tiring, but this is part of our journey to success,” said Azizul.

“I remain enthusiastic and excited now that I’m in this Land of the Rising Sun. I can feel the energy and the spirit to fight is getting stronger.”

Having to be quarantined for three days, he shared the bed that he would be sleeping in for the next 15 days on his social media pages.

The cardboard bed created by the organisers is the talk of town as many had questioned it, but according to the Games organisers, it can hold up to 200kg of weight and is comfortable for the athletes.

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