Nigeria is set to host the first African Track Championship, genetically known as African Cup 2019 as revealed by the President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari.
According to him, the championship is scheduled to run from July 27 to 28 at the Velodrome, Package A, Abuja National Stadium and is expected to see more than 10 African countries vying for the ultimate prize.
Massari, while speaking to newsman at the Velodrome, Package A, Abuja National Stadium, assured of his federation preparedness to ensure a successful maiden hosting of the competition.
“The infrastructure at the stadium is good enough to host the upcoming game, aside hosting the championship, Nigeria will be the centre for West Africa and beyond in terms of training and churning out talents,” he said.
“Also the federation has already mapped out strategies and training for both male and female athletes billed for next month, We are doing a lot to prepare our athletes for the championship and we want to assure Nigerians that our athletes will do the nation proud in the Africa showpiece’’.
Among other expectations, Massari opined that the Nigerian Federation will cater for accommodation, feeding, transportation and sundry technical and medical support to the participating countries.
International Cycling Union (UCI) is expected to provide technical and equipment support for the African championship.
He, however, underscored the federation’s achievement in South Africa, “Nigeria is now a force to reckon with in the world cycling sports, Gladys Tombrakpa and Mary Samuel, stunned cycling enthusiasts after winning in between themselves, seven medals at an international championship held in South Africa” he concluded.