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Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest

Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for "Save Gaza" protest during Commonwealth Games race

New Zealand's Sam Webster, left, leads Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, right, during the Men's sprint Quarter final at the Velodrome in Glasgow, Sc...

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New Zealand's Sam Webster, left, leads Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, right, during the Men's sprint Quarter final at the Velodrome in Glasgow, Sc...

GLAGOW, Scotland (AP) -- A Malaysian cyclist at the Commonwealth Games who wore gloves with "Save Gaza" written on them has been reprimanded by his team and warned he will be expelled if he does it again.

Azizulhasni Awang competed in the men's sprint on Thursday wearing gloves that had the words "Save" written across knuckles on one hand and "Gaza" over the other. Awang's fists featuring the message were held to cameras after the race, which took him into the quarterfinals. During Friday's sprint races, Awang wore plain black gloves.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said on Friday that Awang's actions were "inappropriate" and he received "a strong reprimand from his team management."

Hooper says Awang "apologized profusely" and "knows any repetition will see a removal of his accreditation."


Updated : 2021-08-01 13:16 GMT+08:00