PETALING JAYA: Rio Olympics bronze medal winner Azizulhasni Awang has thanked Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman for “not helping” in his quest for glory.
The Terengganu-born keirin cyclist, dubbed the “Pocket Rocketman” for his small stature, said this as part of his lengthy “thank you” note on his official Facebook page.
“Fatehah (Mustapa, the female keirin rider, who did not make it past the qualification stage) and I would like to thank ‘Datuk’ MB (Ahmad Razif) for not helping both Fatehah and I, who are both natives of Terengganu, in competing in the world stage and the Olympics.
“Thank you for not buying us the ‘Roadbike’ for use to prepare for the Olympics, although we submitted requests to the state government, almost a year before the event.
“Thank you also for not giving feedback and keeping mum when my manager tried to contact you,” the 28-year-old posted.
He pointed out that he and Fatehah were both world-class Olympic athletes, who often got overlooked by the state government.
“Maybe because both of us are based overseas (in Melbourne, Australia),” he said.
He ended his post by saying he hoped the latter would take his remarks positively, and it would hopefully help the MB “open his eyes” and that of others involved.
“Whatever it is, we are proud of being Terengganu born.”
Earlier this morning, Bernama had quoted Ahmad Razif as congratulating Azizulhasni for his win, which he said was meaningful for Terengganu.
“The first medal (for Malaysia) for a cycling event in the Olympics will always be noted in history and I am confident Azizulhasni’s success will be an inspiration to future cyclists.”
Ahmad Razif was quoted as saying that the state government would reward the cyclist for his win to inspire others.
Azizulhasni crossed the finishing line for the bronze, behind defending champion Jason Kenny from Britain and Dutchman Matthijs Buchli.
Azizulhasni’s bronze medal feat is the second medal for the country after diving pair Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong contributed a silver in the synchronised 10m platform last Tuesday.
Yesterday, Malaysian badminton doubles pair Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong clinched a spot in the finals after defeating China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei during their men’s semi-final match.
Goh and Tan are now guaranteed at least a silver medal.