Malaysian cyclist reprimanded for Gaza protest

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 24: Mohd Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia and Philip Hindes of England compete during the Men's Sprint First Round at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during day one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 24, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang celebrates during a track cycling men's sprint qualifying, during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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, Scotland, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Malaysia's Josiah Ng, left, holds hi silver medal with compatyriot and gold medalist a Azizulhasni Awang at after the medal ceremony for the men's keirin cycling event at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (front) and New Zealand's Sam Webster compete in the men's sprint quarter final race 2 in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (R) and New Zealand's Sam Webster compete in the men's sprint quarter final race 2 in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Sam Webster (R) and Malaysia's Mohd Azizulhasni Awang compete in the men's sprint quarter final in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Rob Harris
GLASGOW, 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.

"The actions were investigated and we spoke with the Malaysian team management," Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said on Friday. "It's inappropriate for any form of protest, etc. in a games venue. We respect everyone's right to protest ... however it is inappropriate.

"He has had a strong reprimand from his team management, he's apologized profusely. He now knows any repetition will see a removal of his accreditation."

During Friday's sprint quarterfinal races, Awang wore plain black gloves as he lost to Sam Webster of New Zealand, having defended his right to back Gaza's residents.

"I feel sorry to the people who misinterpret my message. There's no such thing with political protest," Awang wrong on his Facebook page. "It's from the bottom of my heart to express humanitarian (thoughts). Since when (is) expressing humanitarian considered as political?

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An Israeli security officer walks past buring tires as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people during the massive protest in the West Bank in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man runs past burning tires as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, on 25 July 2014. Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people during the massive protest in the West Bank in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Displaced Palestinian children are pictured on July 25, 2014 at a United Nations (UN) school in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, where they have found shelter after escaping with their families from their homes in areas under heavy Israeli bombardment in the besieged Palestinian territory. Israeli fire pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 800, as Washington pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a week-long humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man hold-up the body of one-year-old baby Noha Mesleh, who died of wounds sustained after a UN school in Beit Hanun was hit by an Israeli tank shell, during her funeral in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on July 25, 2014. Fifteen people were killed when Israeli fire hit a UN-run school in Gaza, raising the Palestinian toll on the 17th day of the conflict to 777, medics said. AFP PHOTO/ MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Debris from a building in the center of Gaza City hit by an Israeli airstrike is seen July 25, 2014. Israeli fire pushed the Palestinian death toll in Gaza to above 800, as Washington pressed Israel and Hamas to agree a week-long humanitarian ceasefire and thrash out a durable truce. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Palestinian is brought into the Ramallah city hospital as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, late on July 24, 2014. Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people during the massive protest in the West Bank in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Palestinian is brought into the Ramallah city hospital as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, late on July 24, 2014. Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people during the massive protest in the West Bank in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded Palestinian youth is brought into the Ramallah Hospital as at least 10,000 Palestinian protesters marching against Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip clash with Israeli soldiers and border police at the Israeli Qalandiya checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 25, 2014. Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people during the massive protest in the West Bank in support of fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The confrontation, and several smaller skirmishes throughout Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, came on Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, when Muslims pray through the night as the holy month of Ramadan nears its end. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its forces' eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man walks next to a destroyed house following an overnight Israeli strike in Gaza City Friday, July 25, 2014. Early Friday, Israeli warplanes struck tens of houses throughout the Gaza Strip as international efforts continue to broker a cease fire in the 18 day-old war. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its forces' eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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"Anyway, I apologize to those who think I'm doing wrong and thanks a lot to everyone who always keep supporting ... me. There's no word that I can express it."

Israeli ground troops and Hamas gunmen continued to fight intense battles on Friday in Gaza where more than 800 Palestinians have been killed during 18 days of fighting. The Israeli death toll is 35, among them 33 soldiers.

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