KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Head coach John Beasley has hit out at the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) for repeated financial failings after his team were left stranded at the airport for two hours upon discovering air tickets hadn’t been paid for.
After eventually boarding in Melbourne, Beasley and his team arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand for the Asian Championships only to find the hotel they had planned to stay at next to the velodrome had given away their rooms after receiving no deposit.
“This is just another time that this has happened because this person has been allowed to handle matters, it seems to happen every time he is handling it,” the Australian was quoted as saying by Tuesday’s New Straits Times.
“There are some good people in the federation, some who really want to do good for the sport. But not this guy, yes I will go ahead and tell you his name – Aizad Othman.
“I don’t care what happens to me. So you can go ahead and tell the federation, these are the sorts of people they need to weed out.”
MNCF deputy president Naim Mohamad told the paper that Aizad was not employed by them and had been hired by president Abu Samah Wahab as a special officer.
He added that Aizad had been barred from going to Thailand for the Asian Championships, which finished on Sunday with Malaysia winning two golds, three silvers and four bronze.
The MNCF are scheduled to hold a general meeting before March 26 where they will elect a new executive committee.
Beasley, who has been in charge of the team since 2006 and helped Josian Ng win Commonwealth Games gold in 2010, pleaded for changes.
“I hope we can see some change in MNCF because there are some bad people in there. I don’t care what happens to me, but I care what happens to my riders,” he said en-route to France for the Feb 18-22 World Championships.