Asian Cycling Federation coach to train Pakistan cyclists
LAHORE: Asian Cycling Federation's (ACF) coach will visit Pakistan in August this year to training Pakistan cyclists, stated Munawar Baseer, president of his own faction of the Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF), at a meet the press programme organised by the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore here on Monday. SJAL president Syed Ali Hashmi and decretary Chaudhary Mohammad Ashraf were also present on the occasion. The PCF chief said the ACF had offered to send a top coach to Pakistan on the request of the PCF for the benefit of home coaches in order to lift the level of their game. “We will be organising a national camp shortly in which our outstanding male and female riders would learn the finer points of the game so that they could perform better at the South Asian Cycling Championships and the Asian Championship,” he added. He said a strong contingent comprising ten riders and two officials would feature in the Asian Cycling Championship starting from March 5 in New Delhi.
“Our national training camp to prepare riders for the Asian Championship is in full swing here at cycling velodrome under the supervision of experience coach Shaifq Cheema from Pakistan Army assisted by former national champion Nazakat Ali.” He claimed the PCF was the genuine cycling body duly recognized by International Cycling Union (UCI) that had assured its full cooperation to them for the overall promotion of the game in Pakistan by providing technical and financial assistance. “We are rich in cycling talent that was wasted owing to various reasons in the past and now we have re-launched our efforts through cycling competitions to attain glory at Asian level competitions,” he maintained. Baseer said a number of private business houses had assured them to provide funds for sending teams abroad and organising cycling events at home and they were thankful to them for their patronage for promoting cycling.