MCYS set to prioritise road and mountain biking

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

SPECIAL facilities for twin or velodrome cycling are still in the planning stage, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin said yesterday.

The minister was responding to a question by Legislative Council (LegCo) member Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit, on whether there were any plans to organise velodrome racing and also boost the sport of cycling in Brunei.

Reflecting on the performance of Brunei’s national cycling team during the 2017 SEA Games, the minister noted that their level was still far from competition level.

However, he acknowledged the positive developments made by Bruneian cyclists during regional road and mountain biking events.

“As such, our ministry is giving priority in intensifying these two types of cycling sports in a more competitive way, compared to cycling races,” the minister said.

He also announced that several competitions will be held this year, as competitive platforms for the national cycling team, including the annual ‘Brunei Classic’ for local and international cyclists.