Malaysian Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang Warned Over 'Save Gaza' Gloves

Updated: 26 July 2014 09:56 IST

Azizulhasni Awang could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition on Thursday.

Malaysian Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang Warned Over 'Save Gaza' Gloves
Azizulhasni Awang (right) could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition on Thursday. © AP

Glasgow:

A Malaysian cyclist was warned Friday he risked being thrown out of the Commonwealth Games if he repeated wearing gloves bearing the message "Save Gaza".  (CWG Day 2 Highlights | Medal Tally | Schedule)

Azizulhasni Awang could have been ejected from the 2014 Glasgow Games after wearing the gloves in competition on Thursday. (CWG Day 2 wrap)

Instead the 26-year-old, nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket", who was set to take part in the individual sprint quarter-finals on Friday, was given a reprimand and warned not to wear them again. (Bindra claims Gold | Silver for Malaika Goel)

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) seeks to avoid its competitions being used for political means. The multi-sport event, held every four years, is nicknamed the "Friendly Games". (Indian weightlifter Santoshi Matsa wins bronze)

Though Awang insists his message was "humanitarian" rather than politically-charged, he issued an apology. (Boxer Mandeep Jangra in Round of 16)

"The actions were investigated and we spoke with the Malaysian team management and it's a matter for the management to address," said CGF chief executive Mike Hooper.

"It's inappropriate for any form of protest in a Games venue; we respect everyone's right to protest outwith.

"He has had a strong reprimand from his team management and he has apologised. In apologising profusely he now knows any repetition will see a removal of his accreditation."

On his Facebook fan page, which has more than 200,000 followers, he wrote: "I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest.

"It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian. Since when expressing humanitarian considered as political?

"Anyway, I apologise to those who think I'm doing wrong. "I got a warning and still can race today but without my 'SaveGaza' glove.

"Thanks everyone for your support and really appreciate it. "We all stand as a human." Israeli fire on Friday pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 800, as Washington pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a week-long humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce.



Topics : Commonwealth Games 2014 Cycling
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