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More work to be done: Azizulhasni Awang will remain with coach John Beasley in Australia to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.

PETALING JAYA: After more than a decade in Australia, the national track cycling team will have to relocate their training base to Malaysia after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this year.

National coach John Beasley revealed that he had already started the process of finding suitable accommodation in Kuala Lumpur and for cyclists to train at the National Velodrome in Nilai, which was the venue for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017.

The team led by Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Azizulhasni Awang have been based in Melbourne since 2006 when Beasley took charge but the relocation was inevitable following the budget cuts by the National Sports Council.

“Our preparations for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in May will likely be our last training phase in Melbourne,” said Beasley.

“We will wait for Fadhil (Zonis) and Shah Firdaus (Sahrom) to join us in Melbourne and that could be our last stint.

“We will probably be back in KL in June or July for the training camp for the Asian Games.

“Azizul will remain with me for the Commonwealth Games and then he should join the rest in KL to prepare until we leave for the Asiad in Hangzhou, China, in September.

“Malaysia will be my new home and hopefully I will have a long-term visa, which will allow me to come and go,” said the Australian.

Aside from the budget cuts, Australia’s strict immigration ruling for their citizens and non-citizens has made travel difficult.

Due to this, Beasley did not get to accompany Fadhil and Shah Firdaus to the World Championships in Roubaix, France, last October.

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