PUTRAJAYA – More than 2,000 cycling enthusiasts including Dato’ Seri Azalina Othman Said, the Minister of Youth and Sports, took part in the Kayuhan Le Tour de Langkawi 2008 here this morning.

It was the biggest ever turnout for the ride which has been traditionally held in the weeks leading up to the Le Tour de Langkawi. This year’s Le Tour begins in Alor Star next week.

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“The Le Tour de Langkawi is the fifth biggest cycling race in the world and it is fully backed by the Ministry of Tourism as well as the various state government,” said Dato’ Seri Azalina. Dato’ Seri Zulhasnan Rafique, the Minister for the Federal Territory, and Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan, the Minister of Tourism, also attended today’s function. LTdL COO Datuk Naim Mohamad was also present.

“Apart from promoting the race, one of the objectives of organizing Kayuhan LTDL 2008 is to promote healthy lifestyle among Malaysians by taking up cycling. And through this active lifestyle, it will bring the races and lead to positive nation building.”

While Dato Seri’ Azalina, Dato’ Seri Zulhasnan, Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan and other officials took part in a one-kilometre leisure ride, the other riders continued for 40 kilometres. As part of today’s function, bicycles were given away to some children from orphanages. There was also lucky draws for those who attended the event this morning.

“I am thankful for the successful organization of the Kayuhan LTDL 2008 and hope that it will be held on an annual basis,” said Dato Naim. “It is a great way to promote the sport of cycling as well as encourage people to have a more active lifestyle.”

The Kayuhan LTDL 2008 which is sponsored by Amanah Raya Berhad, will next head to Alor Setar, Butterworth and Bandar Penawar.


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