KUALA LUMPUR: Want to know the secret behind cycling ace Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang’s impressive performance on the international stage?
Well, wonder no more. The answer is 4D. And no, it’s not the number betting game but the concept of direction, dedication, determination and discipline.
The Tokyo Olympics keirin silver medallist said it has been his guide in pursuing his career as a professional athlete and one that he had stayed true to since taking up the sport as a teenager.
Azizul, 33, said having a clear direction in doing something would ensure that one stayed on the right track even if one were to be sidetracked due to obstacles along the way.
“In life, there will be crossroads. So, when we know our destination, we will realise that we have strayed and need to get back on the right path,” he said in the special webinar in conjunction with the Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) National Month Celebration yesterday.
The webinar also featured Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) president Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman Zaharudin.
Azizul described the element of dedication as a form of sacrifice because “one has to dedicate oneself to the effort of achieving the desired goal”.
For example, the kampung boy from Dungun made a sacrifice when he accepted an offer to continue his education at the Bukit Jalil Sports School in 2004.
“I was just a young boy when I moved to Bukit Jalil... I had to leave behind my friends in the kampung. I made a choice, so I dedicated my whole life to the sport. I trained, competed, took care of my rest time and my nutrition.
“I cut down on entertainment because I knew I have a short time to focus on my sports career and that I can enjoy myself once I call it a day,” he said.
Touching on determination and discipline, Azizul said these elements would help athletes go further in their career although they will face various challenges, like injuries.
“We must be determined to achieve success and without discipline, we will falter. No matter how talented and smart you are, if you do not have discipline, you will not succeed,” he explained.
Meanwhile, PCM, in a statement, have allowed the university to conduct a research on para athletes in a bid to raise their performance ahead of the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
“Having won three golds at two previous Paralympics, it is hoped that this cooperation will help the Paralympians return with more golds from Paris,” it said. — Bernama