KUALA LUMPUR: The National Cycling Federation of Malaysia (MNCF) have asked the Youth and Sports Ministry to take urgent action to resolve the problems pertaining to the organisation of Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2022, which is scheduled to begin on March 3.
MNCF president Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab said this was to ensure that the competition’s “Pro Series” status will not be revoked by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
“The LTdL had achieved ‘hors classe’ status and then Pro Series. It was a very long journey and involved hundreds of millions (ringgit) since it was established in 1996. MNCF do not want to be blamed if this scenario occurs later,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said to facilitate the organisation of LTdL, the MNCF had repeatedly sent letters to Human Voyage (M) Sdn Bhd (organisers of LTdL), but was ignored, while two letters were also sent to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu since September last year.
“We understand that the ministry still has a contract remaining with Human Voyage. However, it is learnt that Human Voyage has tried to change the date of the tournament from March 3 to July 2022, without the knowledge of MNCF.
“I would like to emphasise that MNCF are the owners of LTdL, and Human Voyage is the organiser of the competition. The ministry is the authority that fund Human Voyage. This is clear and there are no misconceptions in this case,” he said.As of now, he said the association were still awaiting a response from the minister’s office.
He said MNCF had already registered the Tour in June last year on their own initiative to ensure that the competition remained in the UCI’s annual calendar.
According to Abu Samah, the matter has left MNCF exasperated because the original date that was registered was nearing, while there was no official notification of the proposed date by Human Voyage.
“In this case, we are very confused and disappointed by the attitude of the ministry, who has not given an official stand on LTdL. MNCF believe that LTdL 2022 cannot be held according to the original date, because it is too near,” he said.
Abu Samah also explained that as the owner of LTdL since 2007, MNCF could hand over the organisation of LTdL 2022 to any party, but did not intend to do so out of respect for the ministry.
“I really hope the minister comes down to the ground and gives us an explanation. This matter cannot go on (indefinitely) without any decision,” he said. — Bernama