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Yayasan Sime Darby extends sponsorship of track cycling team en route to Tokyo 2020 Olympics 

The Foundation commits RM2.6 million over 3 years and 7 months to fund six junior cyclists
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 November 2016 – Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) is extending the funding of the track cycling team, committing RM2.6 million over a period of three years and seven months (February 2017 to August 2020) to sponsor six junior track cyclists to book a spot and compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

This is the third round of funding that the Foundation has committed to prepare the Malaysian track cycling team for the Olympics.  

Previously, YSD committed RM4.85 million in sponsorship for the Road to London 2012: YSD Track Cycling Team and Road to Rio 2016: Sime Darby Foundation Track Cycling Team.

YSD also awarded a scholarship worth more than RM300,000 to Olympic Bronze medal winner Azizulhasni Awang to pursue his tertiary education in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement, which is expected to be completed in December next year.

YSD Chairman Tun Musa Hitam said Azizulhasni’s Olympic medal win in the track cycling event at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games has spurred the Foundation to sponsor six junior track cyclists namely Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol, Anis Amira Rosdi, Muhammad Fadil Mohd Zonis, Mohamad Shariz Efendi Mohd Shahrin and Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan; who are all between 19 and 21 years of age. These young cyclists have been carefully selected by coach John Beasley due to their potential to become world class athletes and make it to the next Olympic games.

“Unfortunately, both Azizulhasni and Fatehah have expressed their wish not to continue under the YSD banner. However, as YSD support for them since 2010 has facilitated their outstanding achievements, the Foundation has achieved its objectives of nurturing young sports talent and providing both cyclists the opportunity to realise their full potential. They are well on their way to clinch the nation’s first Olympic gold medal in track cycling, and we wish them all the best.

“We shall also continue to support Azizulhasni’s degree in Exercise Science and Human Movement at Victoria University, Melbourne under the YSD Star Scholarship Programme.

“Our first sponsorship of “Road to London 2012 Olympics: The YSD Track Cycling Team” saw RM2 million allocated for seven track cyclists. This time around, we are launching “Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympics: The Sime Darby Foundation Track Cycling Team”, consisting of the six named cyclists with a sponsorship amount of RM2.6 million,” he said.

National track cycling head coach John Beasley said the sponsorship would greatly help to develop grassroots talent among youths.

“I am very happy to continue working with YSD, as the people at the Foundation are like family to me. We hope to groom these young potential Olympians not only for the Tokyo Olympic Games, but to become excellent national athletes.

“I look forward to develop these cyclists in the likes of Azizulhasni and Fatehah, to become proud national flag-bearers in the realm of sports,” he said.

With this sponsorship, YSD aims to provide an opportunity for the junior track cyclists to participate in international competitions and races that will allow them to earn the most points for qualification in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Cup Classics.

Results from races in the UCI World Cup will, in turn, allow the cyclists to qualify for the UCI World Championships and, ultimately the Olympic Games.

Under its Youth & Sports pillar, YSD provides resources to promote sporting activities to help youths realise their full potential, cultivate sportsmanship and raise the standards of sports.

Yayasan Sime Darby Chairman Tun Musa Hitam announcing the sponsorship of six (6) cyclists to form the SDF Track Cycling Team: Road to Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 
(Left to right) Cyclist Muhammad Fadil Mohd Zonis; Anis Amira Rosdi; Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan; Yayasan Sime Darby Chief Executive Officer, Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin; Yayasan Sime Darby Chairman, Tun Musa Hitam; ISN Director of Sports Performance, Dr. P. Vellapandian; SDF Track Cycling Team Coach, John Beasley; Assistant Coach, Junaidi Mohamad Nasir; cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Shahrom and Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol.
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Last Updated:
16 Jan 2017
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