PETALING JAYA: National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong has blasted the organisers of the Asian Cycling Championships in New Delhi for not playing the national anthem when a Malaysian cyclist won the gold medal on Thursday.
Zolkples said it was a show of disrespect to the Malaysian team after Muhd Firdaus Mohd Zonis took the gold medal in the men’s junior 1km time trial event at the Indira Ghandi Velodrome.
“This type of situation has never happened before in competitions. They played the national anthem during the New Delhi Common-wealth Games in 2010. Why is it that they didn’t bother to play our national anthem this time?” said an annoyed Zolkples.
And to make matters worse, Malaysian team manager Ibrahim Mustapha was absent from the scene, raising questions as to what his duties are in New Delhi.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said Ibrahim had sent him a text message to explain that the disc containing the national anthem and also the national flag had been given to the tournament secretariat on March 5.
Ibrahim had also claimed that the national anthem was played and the flag raised during the paracycling events held on March 5-6.
“Although all the necessary items had been handed over to the secretariat, the incident could have been avoided if only the manager had delegated his duties to other officials if he was required to perform other duties elsewhere,” said Naim.