BY: Michelle Liew
National Olympian Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang will be putting an end to his glorious era as a track cyclist after the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The silver and bronze medallist of the keirin event in the last two editions of the Olympics has made plans to retire after competing in Paris. This will be his fifth appearance on the stage of the prestigious sporting event.
“This year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games will be my last appearance. Therefore, I want to give my full attention to ensure that I can perform well and once again create history for our country’s sports,” he said.
The former world champion said so in a video clip of his speech after being crowned as the National Athlete at the ASN 2019/2020 ceremony which took place this week.
Mohd Azizulhasni, who was given the nickname ‘The Pocket Rocketman’, firstly apologised, stating that due to the training schedule in Melbourne, Australia, he was prevented from attending the ceremony.
“For everyone’s knowledge, I am currently actively undergoing training in preparation for the Commonwealth Games which has only 128 days left and the Asian Games which have 170 days left,” said the Terengganu-born athlete.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham, United Kingdom starting this July and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China is scheduled for September.
Meanwhile, Mohd Azizulhasni expressed his gratitude to all parties including the National Sports Council, National Sports Institute, Malaysian Olympic Council, Malaysian National Cycling Federation and Terengganu State Sports Council for being selected as the 2019/2020 National Athlete.
This is the fourth time Azizulhasni has been named a National Athlete. He was also named winner of the prestigious award in 2009, 2010 and 2017.
For the record, in August last year Azizulhasni hinted that he might retire after the 2024 Paris Olympics. We wish Azizulhasni all the best in his endeavours and we thank him for his contribution to our country.