KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Cyclists can breathe a huge sigh of relief now that Human Voyage (M) Sdn Bhd has given an assurance that it will settle the 2020 Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) prize money owed to all winners by July 11.
Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) President Datuk Abu Samah Abdul Wahab said representatives from the company had given the assurance after a meeting with Malaysia Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican in Putrajaya last week.
“I also attended the meeting and the Human Voyage representatives promised to settle the payment amounting to RM823,000 to all the winners, including the international riders, by that date.
“If they fail to settle the payment, the organising rights given to them by the Youth and Sports Ministry until next year may be rescinded,” he told Bernama yesterday.
Human Voyage had previously claimed that the delay in paying the 2020 LTdL winners was due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Abu Samah also confirmed that several cycling championships planned for this year, including the Tour de Femina (September 5-10) and Tour de Peninsula (October 13-17), had been postponed to next year due to time constraint.
“Our national riders will continue to train as usual as I am told that the government is still enforcing travel restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. In fact, the national squad has been invited to two championships in South Korea and Thailand in October.
“If the government lifts the overseas travel ban, then we may send our riders to the two meets,” he said.