Africa Cup : Cycling Federation Splash 42,000 Euros (N17 million ) On Track Bikes

Africa Cup :  Cycling Federation  Splash 42,000 Euros (N17 million ) On Track Bikes
July 16 11:36 2019 Print This Article

By Benedict Nwachukwu, Abuja 

Ahead of the  Africa Track Cycling Championship aka Africa Cup slated for Velodrome complex of the package A of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the    Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) has taken delivery of 40 track Cycles acquired at the cost of  Euros 42,000  (17.1 million).

The amount we gathered include unit cost of the bikes brought differently in three batches of 10 or 11 bikes from Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and elsewhere ,  as well as cost for freighting and clearing at the port.

A highly placed source at the federation disclosed that the federation had to bend backwards to acquire the first class track equipment when it became obvious that the World Cycling body, the International Cycling Union, UCI was not forthcoming with their earlier promise to support the championship with track bikes.

And with little or no financial support also coming  from government, President of the federation Engr. Giadomenico Massari said the CFN is working with the stadium management to upgrade and maintain a large section of the Velodrome that has not been put to use since its construction about 16 years.

“As part of the preparation we are working with the stadium management to update some of the facilities at the Velodrome. Most of the offices and conference rooms had not been in use since the facility was constructed in 2003.

“We need to wash the tracks, cut grass that has taken over part of the facility and maintain the lighting equipment. Lights have been  fairly stable for sometime now but we cannot be sure, so we are working with the stadium management on the possible use of the standby generators during the competition” States Engr. Massari.

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