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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 -- National elite track cyclists Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom are expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shots upon their arrival from Melbourne, Australia in June.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (PKBM) president Datuk Abu Samah Wahab said the jabs must be administered immediately upon their arrival in Malaysia before they depart for Tokyo to take part in the Olympic Games this July.
He said both the national cycling aces were among 85 racers who were listed by PKBM to receive the vaccine shots.
‘’(However), we will wait for a notification from the National Sports Council on when they will be given the vaccine shots,’’ he told Bernama today.
Mohd Azizulhasni and Muhammad Shah Firdaus are now in Melbourne and undergoing training for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Commenting further, Abu Samah said all the 35 national cyclists are part of 4,000 athletes and officials prioritised to receive the vaccines as announced by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican on Saturday.
In the meantime, he said Mohd Azizulhasni and Muhammad Shah Firdaus are expected to depart for Tokyo five days before the cycling events raise its curtain on Aug 2.
Meanwhile, Abu Samah was impressed at the encouraging performances shown by both the racers who scored a 1-2 finish in the sprint event at the Elite Track Cycling Championship in Victoria, Australia on Sunday.
‘’We hope they can maintain this momentum until the Tokyo Olympic Games later. I believe national track cycling coach John Beasley had the best ingredients to prepare both of them especially Azizulhasni to reap the nation’s first gold medal at the Olympic Games this time,’’ he said.
The Tokyo Olympic Games is scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8.