Over the last few issues, we have been bringing you updates on the Cycling Federation of India’s efforts to bring World Cycling facilities to India. These efforts have paved an opening to greater things to come when on 20 Nov, 2015 the “Satellite Centre” was inaugurated at the IGI Cycling Velodrome in New Delhi by Mr. Injeti Srinivas, Director General, Sports Authority of India.
Since March 2014 when the SAI National Cycling Academy (SAINCA) in collaboration with Sports Authority of India & Cycling Federation of India was started, the CFI has been pursuing the cause of establishing this as a Satellite Centre accredited by World Cycling Centre. The recent development makes this centre the third UCI’s satellite centre in the world, after only Japan and Korea.
The SAINCA was established with a vision to attain the highest level of performance in the Sport of Cycling, the CFI continued with the proposal and after a number of meetings, this proposal was well taken up by DG and Secretary, SAI and after considerable persuasion the SAI gave the nod to the proposal. With the signing of the MOU between the SAI and Cycling Federation of India to this effect and the academy drew the dreams of establishing a satellite center much closer to reality.
After several meetings and discussions between all the stakeholders the MOU was signed between SAI, UCI and CFI on the 9th February 2015 at Thailand to setup a Satellite Centre of the World Cycling Centre, Aigle, Switzerland.
Showing seriousness and importance of this project, none other than Mr. Brian Cookson, President, UCI and Mr. James Carr, Director, International Relations were present at Thailand to sign on behalf of UCI. While Mr. Hira Ballabh, Secretary, Sports Authority of India and Mr. Onkar Singh, Secretary General, Cycling Federation of India signed on behalf of SAI and CFI respectively.
Earlier on the 7th July 2015 Mr. Paul Henri Rey, UCI Representative came to Delhi for the inspection of SAI National Cycling Academy. His three day visit carried out many discussion on developing the sport of Cycling in India along with possible improvements that the athletes can benefit from.
With the inauguration of the WCC on 20th Nov, 2015 at IG Stadium a new era has emerged in the horizon of cycling in the country. The curtain was unveiled by Sh. Injeti Srinivas, Director General, Sports Authority of India in presence of Mr. Paul Henri Rey, Director, World Cycling Centre, UCI. Sh. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, President, CFI and Sh. Onkar Singh, Secretary General, Cycling Federation of India.
Mr. Paul Henri Rey, while reading a message from Mr. Brian Cookson, President, UCI, also wished the WCC Satellite-India a bright future and was hopeful that with the combined efforts of SAI, UCI and CFI, Cycling will achieve the desired results in due course.
Crank wishes the CFI and all those involved a very good luck and all our support to help achieve many more athletes’ dreams.