Abuja Prepares For Africa Cup Track Cycling Championships
The president of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari, said the federation was set to host 20 countries for the Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship, scheduled to hold from July 14-17, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Nigeria hosted the first edition of the championship in July 2019 in Abuja, and emerged champions among the nine countries which participated. The victorious Nigerian contingent were made up of 21 cyclists in both the female and male categories. Egypt came second, while Morocco finished third in 2019.
The Nigerian team won a total of 51 medals in 2019, made up 21 Gold, 18 Silver, and 12 Bronze, to emerge champions. Nigeria will be determined to defend her title on home soil in the 2022 edition of the Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship.
“We are ready and set to provide a befitting environment to compete for all participants,” CFN president Massari said.
“The Federation has made all the necessary preparations and plans to organise a hitch-free championship.”
Massari disclosed that there would also be training for prospective commissaries. He also said that Nigeria would take part in the junior and elite levels’ events in both the male and female categories of the championship.
Massari said countries whose teams have already indicated an interest in participating in the championship include Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Cameroon, and hosts Nigeria.
“Others are Republic of Benin, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Italy, Burundi, and Burkina Faso, among others,” Massari added.