Former national cycling coach, Alwi Ahmad (picture) passed away Sunday evening (7.21pm) at his home in Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur. Alwi, father of former track cyclist, Rosman suffered a stroke two years ago and never fully recovered. He was 76.
Former Director General of National Sports Council (NSC), Datuk Wira Mazlan Ahmad said, Alwi dedicated his coaching life to not only his son Rosman, but many others in Selangor and later Federal Territory.
"Among the cyclists Alwi coached were the late Ali Hasan, Yahya Ahmad and Umar Ibrahim," said Mazlan.
I have known Pak Alwi since early 80s and he was a very dedicated coach. He learned through experience and from the many foreign coaches who trained our national cyclists. One of them was Karl Link from (West) Germany.
He always wanted a "family atmosphere" during training camps or even competitions. His wife, Norli Nor Amin, 65, used to bring food and Alwi and his cyclists, and some journalists, would have a meal together.
Besides Rosman, 49, his other sons are Asari (48), Zaini (47) and Ishak (45). Ishak was involved in cycling for a few years but did not continue.
Alwi was a cyclist in the 1950s. His teamates include Abdul Latif Wahab, Mansor Sawi, Malik Selamat, Low Bing Kong and Tay Bock Teck.
My condolence to Rosman and his family. May his soul rest in peace.