Azizulhasni in no hurry to return to action

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Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang reacts after finishing first at the men's final Keirin cycling at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex during the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 6, 2010. Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia was disqualified after winning the men's keirin cycling final for "dangerous sprinting", officials said. AFP PHOTO/Pedro UGARTE

Keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang is in no hurry to return to the track despite needing to forgo his participation in the China Grand Pix as he is currently recovering from illness.

The 27-year-old Melbourne-based cyclist recently won the keirin category at the Japan Track Cup II but was hit with illness after returning from Japan as his body could not cope with the contrasting weather conditions between Japan and in the land down under.

“I’m down with fever, flu and cough because I couldn’t adjust to the different climate after I returned from Japan, so unfortunately, I am unable to participate in the championship in China.” Awang said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

“I am in the process of recovering but not soon enough for the China Grand Prix. I will however resume training again after I have fully recovered.

Awang is currently ranked as no 39 in the world and has his eyes on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil by accumulating as many points as possible to push his world ranking.

“Overall, my points tally are significantly high especially in the keirin category. I am currently ranked at third with 521 points but the points tally from my victory in Japan has not been calculated and added yet.

“I do however need to work harder to obtain more points in the sprinting category though I am quite OK with it now.”