“Jai Angsuthasawit” asks for encouragement from Thai cycling fans before competing in the international track race “UCI Track Nations Cup” round 1 in Hong Kong, China and announcing to grab the top three positions. As “Seth. Muek” has issued strong measures for BMX riders who are preparing to hunt for accumulated points to “Olympic Games” and are confined to hotels and training grounds only. Third parties are strictly prohibited to meet in order to prevent COVID-19 infection. In the meantime, the third “Cycling at Home, Combating COVID” activity is scheduled to be held on Saturday May 15.
“Seth.Muek” General Decha Hemkrasri, President of Thai Cycling Association (TCA), under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King, revealed that ‘TJ’ Jai Angsuthasawit, a Thai-Australian cyclists, who won the Keirin Gold Medal at the 18th Asian Games, in Indonesia, participated in the international track race “UCI Track Nations Cup” round 1 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region during May 13-16, he has already arrived in Hong Kong, China since the Last May 12.
General Decha said that according to the competition schedule, his first race is the Kirin qualifying round in the morning of Saturday May 15, as the semi-finals and final will be played in the evening. Later on Sunday, May 16, he will compete in the individual sprint qualifying round in the morning, if he qualifies, he will continue to race until the finals in the evening. In this competition, he hoped that Kirin must be in the top 3, while in individual sprint, he wants to make time less than 10 seconds, which will set a new Thailand record as well.
Jai has said through a video call to Thai cycling fans: “Hello everyone, I just arrived in Hong Kong, China for the first round of UCI Track Nations Cup”. I've been training very hard and I hope to make Thais proud of me again. It's a very fast race that I think I will do my best and will be able to win to stand on the podium for an award, I would like to thank you for the encouragement from the Thai people and I hope everyone will continue to support me in every event that I compete. I will continuously inform you of the schedule for the competition. During the deadly situation of the coronavirus, which it has been currently spread around the world, I will keep myself as safe as possible. Thank you.”
General Decha also said that for two Thai female BMX riders, ‘Nong Fah’ Miss Chutikan Kijwanichsathien and Miss Waranya Sae Tae, who are preparing to compete to collect accumulated points in order to get the right to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in the event of “UCI BMX Supercross World Cup” round 3-4 on May 29-30 in Bogota. Colombia. Most recently, two riders, including Mr. Athr Chaiyamayo, team manager and coach and Jeerapon Pattamin, mechanic for the team, received the second vaccine against COVID-19 on last May 12. They are ready to depart for Colombia on May 21. Now riders are training hard at Suphan Buri province.
President of the TCA further reiterated that now the TCA has issued strong measures forbidding BMX riders from going out of the hotel, except for training trips to the stadium. When the practice is complete, they must go back to the hotel immediately. In addition, parents, guardians or outsiders are strictly prohibited from entering the training ground and also meeting at the hotel. The Communication with each other must be on online only. All two riders and staff are required to detain themselves until the day of departure. There must be daily temperature measurements twice a day at 6.00 AM and 6.00 PM, including strictly adhering to the measures of the Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
General Decha added that this is the final step of preparing to compete in Colombia to collect points for the Olympic Games. If riders are infected with the COVID-19. All hopes will be shattered immediately. Therefore, he urged all four riders and staff to strictly adhere to the measures of the TCA and the CCSA. And the hotel need to be cleaned at risk areas such as door knobs, handrails, restaurant must also be wiped clean with a disinfectant. As for eating, they have to sit separately and keep their distance. If Thai riders can collect more points in UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Colombia with deep qualifications, the chances of getting the quota to the Olympic Games are high.
In addition, General Decha said that the 3rd online cycling activity “Cycling At Home, Combating COVID,” which the TCA is in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and the Office of Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF), is organized to allow people to exercise at the home during the period the COVID-19 virus spreading. It has been held 2 times and broadcast live on Thai PBS TV channel in the program of “cycling to a dream, for fun age people.” It appears that the response is very good. There are hundreds of thousands of viewers following the live broadcast on the main channel. And the viewers who watched through the Thai PBS live Facebook live broadcasts both times, are almost 50,000 views. For the third activity scheduled to be held on Saturday May 15, “Coach Tam” Wisut Kasiyaphat, Thai national team trainer, will choose the route for cycling. For the adjustment of the day and time of cycling from Sunday to Saturday, it is to meet the needs of the fans at home. Since Sunday is a family day for many people, they, therefore, unable to participate in this activity.
Coach Wisut said that this 3rd activity on Saturday May 15, will continue to use the Zwift application as before. The cycling route is 3R Volcano Climb Race, a distance of 22.4km for both men and women starting at 5:30 PM. For men to register in class A, a female category is to register in class C. There will be a live broadcast on the Facebook Live of the Thaicycling Association from 17.15 onwards. He informed Thai national cycling team for the road and mountain bike categories, which are preparing the team for the 31st SEA Games, to participate in activities for both men and women as part of the training plan In order to re-evaluate each person's time.
In this regard, anyone who is interested in participating in the 3rd activity “Cycling at Home, Combating COVID” can follow the details at the website of Thai Cycling Association. www.thaicycling.or.th. And at the Facebook fan page Thaicycling Association or should you have any questions, you can send questions to Inbox or "Message Box" on Facebook.