C’est la vie, Shah and Fadhil have to do without Beasley

I can do it: Mohd Fadhil Zonis will be taking part in the individual sprint and keirin at the World Track Cycling Championships.

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Shah Firdaus Sahrom and Mohd Fadhil Zonis will not have coach John Beasley by their side at the World Track Cycling Championships in Roubaix, France next week.

The Australian coach is unable to travel with the duo as he will not be able to return home to Melbourne after that.

Beasley has returned to Melbourne and is under quarantine.

“Australia does not allow its citizens to return home from Europe at this point and besides, there is no flight back home,” said Beasley.

“I can’t return to Kuala Lumpur as my work visa is expiring and it’s going to be renewed with a new contract.

“Basically, I only miss a couple of sessions with the boys as they are going to wrap up training tomorrow.

“Not going there means I will have plenty of time to plan out things on the national team programme and where it’s heading after this,” said Beasley.

He is optimistic Shah Firdaus and Fadhil can handle the situation with the support from his assistant Harnizam Basri and physiologist Chee Lee Ming.

“Harnizam and Lee Ming have been with me for many years and I trust them completely to do their best to help Shah and Fadhil cope. Besides, I will be in close contact with them,” he said.

Shah Firdaus, who represented Malaysia at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Azizulhasni Awang, will be making his third appearance in the world meet.

Shah Firdaus had an inspiring run in his maiden Olympics campaign in September when he reached the keirin quarter-finals despite crashing in the first round.

It’s going to be the second appearance for Fadhil, who will be starting the men’s 1km time trial as the current Asian record holder.

Fadhil holds the fastest Asian time of 1:00.305 and national record which he clocked en route to seventh place in the 2020 edition of the world meet in Berlin.

Fadhil, who won the keirin gold at the Track Cycling Nations Cup in Hong Kong in May, has a shot at winning a medal in the event if he can cut down his personal best to under one minute.

Both Malaysian cyclists will race in individual sprint and keirin as well.

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