Cycling Federation Rolls Out 2023 Programs, Promises To Raise Cycling Standard 

Cycling Federation Rolls Out 2023 Programs, Promises To Raise Cycling Standard 

By Joel Ajayi

The Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN, has rolled out its robust programmes for the year 2023 as it promised to raise the standard of Cycling sports in Nigeria.

President of the CFN, Engr. Chief Giandomenico Massari, while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja highlighted activities for the year 2023. He revealed that despite inadequate funding in the previous years, the federation recorded notable achievements, as Nigeria is ranked number one in Africa.

He however assured the federation is more determined to record more successes this year, urging the private sector to sponsor.

According to him, “We tried our best last year to ensure we grow more sports, this year will not be different, the federation is more determined to do more.

As for this year, the federation will participate at the forthcoming Africa Road Championship in Ghana, hopefully, we are going with a team of male and female for the Junior and Elite category from 8th to 14th February 2023, the camping will start soon.

“Thereafter, we will start another preparation for two events that will come up in Cairo Egypt which Nations Cup and Africa Cycling Championship slated for 4th to 14th of March 2023, this is very important because we have to get more score to add to the points, we have last year to qualify for the World Championship in Glasgow Scotland.

“From there, we will try to organize some event locally, and do some races in the Elite and some in motor bike, 

“And if we get the sponsor, we will do the National Track Competition that will take place in Abuja. There are many events and we are trying to concentrate on how we can do them all.”

Speaking further, CFN President said the most challenging aspect of the Federation is finances: “We don’t have sponsors, we are trying to attract sponsor from the private sector, if you are hoping for a government, it might not work on time because the government is struggling for themselves to run the affairs of the government. So, for that reason, we need more sponsors from the private sector.

“We want to raise the standard of Cycling sports in Nigeria, that is why, we are not concentrating on nurturing athletes alone, it encompasses every aspect of Cycling, the Coaches, Referee, Mechanic and others.”

He is optimistic that Nigeria will still qualify for the 2024 Olympic in France if the country can attend more international competitions where they will get more points that will qualify team Nigeria.

“We are still continuing, and we are rising, but the more events we participate in, the better chance we get, we had very good points last year, we need to build on it.

“Our major competitors is South Africa and Egypt, they are not sleeping this means, we have to participate in more international competition that will be held in different continents and this cost is much, the traveling, ticket, feeding, accommodations and all the necessary things that we require, that is why, I said earlier that finances is very important.”

He expressed that with the type of good athletes Nigeria has especially females, Nigeria has an easy way of going to the Olympics.

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