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Cyclist insists 'Save Gaza' gloves 'not political'

A Malaysian cyclist who wore gloves saying 'Save Gaza' during the Commonwealth Games has insisted he was not engaging in a political protest.

Azizulhasni Awang was competing in the men's sprint at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow when he held up his gloves to cameras to reveal the words.

Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang holds up his gloves to the camera. Credit: Facebook/Azizulhasni Awang

Writing on his Facebook page, Awang said: "I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest."

"It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian. Since when expressing humanitarian considered as political?"

He also revealed he had been given a warning by Commonwealth organisers but would be able to continue in the competition as long as he does not wear the gloves.