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Abuja Velodrome earns high marks – VELOXNEWS


The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has described the ongoing 4th African Track Cycling Championship holding at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja as a testament to the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s concerted efforts towards the development of youth and sports across the country.

Dare made this disclosure at the opening ceremony of the epic event today in Abuja. He affirmed the statement of the President of the Confederation of African Cycling, Mohammed Azzam that the Abuja Velodrome is one of the best in the continent and is capable of hosting more international competitions in the nearest future.

According to Dare, “We are grateful to the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) and also the Union of International Cycling (UCI) for granting Nigeria the hosting rights for this Championships.”

While expressing satisfaction in the hosting right, the Minister reiterated Government’s commitment to supporting and creating an enabling environment for cycling in Nigeria, African and international cycling bodies in their efforts to develop the Sport.

The Minister further said, ‘’We will use this opportunity to appeal to the Cycling African Confederation (CAC) and the Union of International Cycling (UCI) to always look in the direction of Nigeria for their developmental and training programmes as well as the provision of facilities, equipment and other materials that will make Nigeria, the Cycling hub of Africa.”

He commended the President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Engineer Giandomenico Massari and his board for the tremendous investments they are making to develop the sport in Nigeria as well as place our cyclists on the world map, adding that the hosting of this Championship is a testimony to some of their giant strides.

Dare urged Team Nigeria to be hospitable and good ambassadors of the country even as he encouraged them to win the championships as they did in 2019 when Nigeria hosted the 2nd edition of the event.

Earlier in his remarks, President of the Cycling African Confederation (CAC) who doubles as the Vice President of the Union of International Cycling (UCI), Dr Mohamed Azzam described the African Track Cycling Championships as a great opportunity for the talented athletes from different countries to gather, compete and share experiences leading to moments of victories.

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