The World Track Championship, Azizulhasni Awang who is popularly known as The Pocket Rocketman is also looking at winning gold in the keirin event which he last won at the 2015 edition. (pix by ZUNNUR AL SHAFIQ)

KUALA LUMPUR: Even though focus and attention is more towards the World Track Championship, Azizulhasni Awang admits that he is excited and eager to win gold at the Asian Cycling Championship (ACC) at the National Velodrome in Nilai which begins on Friday.

Apart from looking to defend his gold in the individual pursuit event, the country’s top cyclist who is popularly known as The Pocket Rocketman is also looking at winning gold in the keirin event which he last won at the 2015 edition.

"There is nothing to worry about leading up to the ACC this time round, I want to see my own performance and I have no fear because I have prepared myself as best I can and am also upbeat as well as positive about my chances.

"As always I will give it my all to defend my individual pursuit gold apart from aiming for a personal record best of below 10 seconds and at the same time make sure I do well in my favourite event, keirin,” he said.

Azizulhasni added that Japanese and South Korean rivals will once again pose the biggest threat.

After the ACC, Azizulhasni will take part in three main championships which will see him go to the Netherlands for the World Track Championship, followed by the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, and the Asian Games in Jakarta.

Meanwhile when asked to comment on the purported sex video implicating national badminton champion Lee Chong Wei, Azizulhasni explained that it is a troublesome accusation because it seems as though there are individuals or those who are jealous and spiteful of his success.

"I believe the individual in the video is not Chong Wei and it does not need to be brought up again. This is a test and a lesson for all of us to be strong and resilient,” he added.

At the same time Azizulhasni also advised the young generation of athletes that success and luxury do not come in the blink of an eye.

"Sacrifices must be made and one has to know the hardship, difficulties and stumbling blocks that will have to be faced in the quest for success. In fact, young and upcoming athletes have to ask themselves why they want to succeed in sports,” he said commenting on the reported bookie issue surrounding a badminton player in his twenties.

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