Cyclist’s suspension for attacking teammate criticised as ‘too lenient’

Vincent Ang suspended for three months for attacking a teammate but the decision is criticised as there are no races for him to compete in in that time

Singaporean cyclist Vincent Ang has been suspended for three months after he admitted to attacking a teammate on two separate occasions, but the rider he attacked has called the punishment ‘too lenient’.

Ang admitted to punching and slapping Ang Kee Meng while out on a training ride last month and then again later the same day while they were on a break. He was suspended for three months and ordered to carry out 30 hours of community service, in which he will help out young cyclists in Singapore.

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But Ang Kee Meng says his attacker has not really been punished at all because there are no races for him to compete in for Singapore in the next three months and he is allowed to continue racing for his trade team.

“There are no races for him to represent Singapore in; I don’t think this is a punishment,” he told the Straits Times.

Another unnamed rider added: “There are no competitions here, and if the SCF is not thinking of sending the squad to any overseas competition, then the suspension has no effect.”

The newspaper reports that Vincent Ang has a history of road violence, having reportedly lashed out at a teammate in 2012.