LTdL set for comeback next year

SEPANG: Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) is set to make a return next year after the 2021 edition was derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu expressed confidence that the organisers of the elite Asian cycling race are prepared to stage the event although no dates had been fixed yet.

He said that race organisers Human Voyage (M) Sdn Bhd, which has a three-year contract to manage the event from 2019, would continue to stage the race in 2022.

“We have a contract with the organisers. The event was not held last year, so we have to fulfil the contract next year.

“The ministry is prepared to provide allocations,” said Ahmad Faizal.

The Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) president Datuk Abu Samah Wahab said last week the Union of Cycling International (UCI) had offered dates for the LTdL next year, with 16 teams keen in participating.

According to the UCI website, LTdL is listed to be held from Jan 16-23.

LTdL has been held every year since 1996, including the silver jubilee edition which was staged in February 2020 just before the pandemic struck in March. — Bernama

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