The national cycling community is saddened by the passing of long-time Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation (BDCF) president Hj Rosli Hj Mohidin (pic) who lost his battle against cancer yesterday.
National coach Yafiz Jamaludin shared with The Brunei Times his memories of the president who had been at the helm for about 15 years.
"We are all sad to hear the news and we are very sorry that we could not make it to his funeral... My prayers and condolences go to his family," he said.
"I really appreciate what he has done to help me and the national cycling team.
"He was the person who brought me to Brunei to coach, and I am very thankful for that and I will never forget that.
"He was always very understanding, he never interfered with my job in coaching the team and he was always there to give support in managing and supporting the team.
"Insyaallah, I will try my very best to guide the national team to win a medal at December's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for him," promised the Malaysian.
National cyclist Muhammad Raihaan Abdul Aziz, who is one of the three Bruneians currently in Langkawi for the Langkawi International Mountain (MTB) Bike Challenge (LIMBC), said Hj Rosli's passing is a blow to the country's cycling community. "It is a big loss for the national cycling family in the country," said Raihaan in a telephone interview.
"I am very sad to hear the news as he is one of the important figures in the development of cycling in Brunei.
"He has been fighting cancer for a long time and my condolences go out to his family," he added.
Raihaan admitted Hj Rosli's passing affected his morale and that of fellow LIMBC riders Mohamad Nur Jamri Johari and Muhammad Rafiuddin Zikara, but like Yafiz, promised to do his best during to honour the former president's memory.
"The team's mood was a bit down upon hearing the news, but we have to carry on with the race," he said.
"Hopefully we will be able to produce some good results tomorrow," added Raihaan. The trio will be taking part in the first of the five LIMBC stages today. The riders are using the LIMBC as part of their preparation ahead of the 27th edition of the SEA Games in Myanmar.