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25/03/2020 05:34 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 -- National track cycling ace Mohd Azizulhasni Awang views the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to next year as a chance for him to work on rectifying his weaknesses.

The 2017 keirin world champion, who is fondly known as ‘Jijoe’ among his teammates, stressed that he already has a ‘secret recipe’ to succeed at the world’s biggest multi-sport Games.

“For now, my coach (John Beasley), teammates and I will draft a new plan in preparation for the Games next year.

“One sure thing is that we will definitely continue training as usual and there won’t be any ‘honeymoon’ period although we are under curfew now,” he told Bernama via WhatsApp.

The cyclist, who hails from Dungun, Terengganu and now resides in Melbourne, Australia, revealed that he had already discussed with Beasley about a home-training programme in a bid to maintain his fitness.

“At home, I still do house chores with my children as schools (in Melbourne) are closed. At the same time, I still exercise at home too. I do body-weight and kettlebell workouts to replicate gym training. I also use a wattbike for simulation training,” explained Mohd Azizulhasni, who is Malaysia’s best hope for gold at the Tokyo Games.

He said he had to limit his training at home as the Australian government had ordered the closure of all sports complexes and several shopping centres in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The 2020 Olympic Games were supposed to be held from July 24 to Aug 9 and the 2020 Paralympics from Aug 25 to Sept 1.

But, on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced the postponement of both the Games as the pandemic worsened, with more than 375,000 positive cases reported worldwide. 

Though this is the first-ever postponement of the Olympics in its 124-year history, the Games have been cancelled during World War periods in 1916, 1940 and 1944.

-- BERNAMA

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