KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has been given the opportunity by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to host its Level 1 Mechanic Training Course for Asia, which takes place for four days from Thursday (June 27) at Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Selangor.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) president Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab said Malaysia was the second Asian country after South Korea that was given the opportunity to organise the course for mechanics from professional cycling teams
"I myself was quite surprised upon receiving UCI's offer in conjunction with it's solidarity programme. I understand that UCI had referred to the ACC (Asian Cycling Confederation) before granting organisational rights to conduct this elite mechanic course.
"It is learned that several other countries, including Japan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Hong Kong and China were interested in organising the course. In fact, South Korea was also keen to do it for a second time," he said in a statement here today.
Eleven Asian countries, namely Japan, Iran, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore and Malaysia have confirmed their participation in the workshop involving 15 experienced mechanics.
MNCF will be sending five experienced professional mechanics to participate in the course, while two local continental professional teams, namely Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) and Sapura Cycling Team (TSC) are also understood to be sending their respective mechanics.
Meanwhile, Abu Samah, who is also the ACC honorary vice-president, said UCI would be sending renowned mechanic expert Enrique Guerrero to handle the workshop.
He said the Geneva-born Swiss mechanic was a UCI mechanic expert with extensive experience.
"So, I hope all five mechanics from Malaysia will take this golden opportunity to pass the Level 1 UCI mechanic course," he added.