KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) vice-president Amarjit Singh chalked another milestone when he retained his seat at the 2021 congressional elections of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in Leuven, Belgium, last night.
Amarjit was successfully reelected to the UCI management committee for the 2021-2025 term after winning 38 votes out of 43 delegates, including nine from the Asian continent.
Challenger Syeikh Khalid al-Khalifa of Bahrain, who is also a member of the executive board of directors of the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), only mustered five votes while two other Asian contenders, Sun Weimin (China) and Mohsen Solgi (Iran), withdrew at the last minute.
Though he was confident of retaining his post, Amarjit admitted that he was surprised at his winning margin, a reflection of the confidence his backers had in him.
“Honestly, I was taken aback at my big winning margin. I thank all my supporters, especially UCI president David Lappertient and vice-president Dr Azzam Wagih (Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam) as well as MNCF president Datuk Abu Samah Wahab, who helped a great deal in my election campaign,” he said in a statement.
The triumph meant that Amarjit, who is also a member of the ACC executive board, will serve another four years in the world’s highest cycling body after first winning the post in Bergen, Norway, in 2017.
Amarjit stressed that he will continue to champion Asia’s cause in cycling and also in backing Malaysia’s bid to host the World Track Cycling Championship – if finances permit.
“I will continue to uphold Asia’s voice globally, aside from ensuring a smooth Malaysian agenda at the world level, including the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL),” he added.
Abu Samah called Amarjit’s achievement a huge endorsement for Malaysian cycling and hoped he would uphold the interests of Malaysia as well as other Asian nations and stay well-connected with UCI.
Meanwhile, Amarjit’s father, Darshan Singh, who was the first sports official from Malaysia to sit on the prestigious UCI management committee from 1996-2005, was ecstatic over his son’s achievement yesterday.
“I am confident he can continue to assist Malaysia and other developing countries to uplift and promote cycling to a higher level,” Darshan said when contacted.