WORLD TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: CYCLING
UCI Track Cycling World Championships are the set of world championships events for the various disciplines and distances in track cycling.
This championship is regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Before 1900, they were administrated by the UCI’s predecessor, the International Cycling Association (ICA). As we all know, obviously women events are generally shorter than man in distance. The first ever championship was being held in 1893, in Chicago, under the ICA and initially this championship was for amateur. The
following championship with separate professional races was held starting from the year 1895 in Cologne. Amateurs and professionals competed in separate events until 1993, after which they raced together in “open” races. Championships were opened to cyclists selected by their national cycling
association. They compete in the colors of their own respective countries. The winner of the ICA championships will be rewarded with a gold medal while the UCI awards a gold medal and a rainbow jersey to the winner. Silver and bronze medals are awarded to the second and third place contestants. World champions wear their rainbow jersey until the following year’s championship, but they may wear it only in the type of event in which they won it.
There is one Malaysia hero that has made the country proud with his remarkable achievement. And the name is Mohd Azizulhasni bin Awang KMN. This Terengganu hero also tagged as “The Pocket Rocket man” is the first Malaysian cyclist that has ever to win a medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships. He was also being chosen as the flag bearer for Malaysia at the 2008 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. He won his first World Championship medal in 2009, a silver in the individual sprint. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, he won his first Olympic medal, a bronze in the individual keirin. In 2017, he won his first World Championship title in the keirin and became the first Malaysian to ever wear the coveted rainbow jersey.