CFI Gears India for International Cycling

Attending the ACC Management Committee Meeting held at Tokyo on the 25th Jan, 2016, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, President and Mr. Onkar Singh, Secretary  General, Cycling Federation of India respectively, showcased the efforts undertaken by CFI to host the Asian Track Cycling Championship scheduled to take place in New Delhi in February next year.

Indian dignitaries at the ACC Meeting, Japan
Indian dignitaries at the ACC Meeting, Japan

The following day, Mr. Onkar Singh attended the UCI sharing Platform (USP). This was Asia’s second UCI Sharing Platform and the topics shared were diverse, covering Indoor cycling in Macau, cycling for all in Iran, para-cycling in Japan and cycle tourism in Jordan. Twenty months after the Asian continent’s first USP in Astana (Kazakhstan), the UCI organised a second gathering of the continent’s National Federations. This year, the Japan Cycling Federation hosted the one-day seminar, which attracted more than 40 representatives from 27 Asian National Federations. The participating Asian Nations presented on the working of their respective Federations and discussed the possibilities of sharing the resources among Asian Countries.

The seminar was attended by UCI President Brain Cookson who was impressed by the motivation and commitment of the participants and said, “Cycling in Asia is going from strength to strength, and from listening to the National Federations it is clear why. The stories we have heard from the continent’s different nations are inspiring. A great deal of work is being carried out in both the smaller and larger nations, and across all disciplines. Different countries face different challenges as they govern our sport, and the UCI Sharing Platform provides them with an ideal opportunity to share their experiences and create a solid network that will help them enormously as they continue to grow cycling in their territories.”

The Secretary General of the Cycling Federation of India, Onkar Singh, talked to the USP about the new UCI World Cycling Centre satellite centre in New Delhi. He said he had appreciated having the opportunity to share his story with other National Federations: “We have shared a lot of ideas with different countries, some that have limited resources. We have also received information about UCI programs and how they can benefit us. It has been an incredible session.” He also added CFI’s plans for inviting other Asian Countries for training purpose at the World Satellite Centre set up at the Indira Gandhi Velodrome.

Members present at the UCI SHaring Platform
Members present at the UCI SHaring Platform

“I have found it all very useful,” said Navid Kasirian, International Relations Manager of the Cycling Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “I have got some new ideas, especially concerning indoor cycling, and I will be putting forward some propositions to our Federation President Khosro Ghamari.”

With opportunities like the USP to showcase of our cycling laurels and a detailed report of the progress of cycling in India, the CFI has certainly grabbed global eyes towards the sport in India and will strive to do so with the World Satellite Centre.

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