Indian cyclists to get World Class training facilities in the Capital
New Delhi, 20 November 2015: The long effort put in by the Cycling Federation of India to get World Cycling facilities in our country has been given green signal today when the “Satellite Centre” was inaugurated at the IGI Cycling Velodrome in New Delhi by Mr. Injeti Srinivas, Director General, Sports Authority of India.
It was just in April 2015 when India started SAI National Cycling Academy (SAINCA) in collaboration with Sports Authority of India & Cycling Federation of India. Most of the riders of 14-16 Age groups are in SAINCA. Now this has been accredited by World Cycling Centre as its ‘Satellite Centre’. This centre becomes the third UCI’s satellite centre in the world, whereby 181 Countries are affiliated to UCI. Only Japan and Korea has the satellite centre.
With the introduction of this new satellite centre, now riders from various countries of Asia can avail the World Class facilities for training available at IGI Cycling Velodrome in New Delhi. This will create a good opportunity to train under the guidance of World Class coaches who will be appointed by UCI World Cycling Centre. 80 riders will be given full residential facility including their boarding and equipment’s which will be provided by Sports Authority of India.
Mr. Injeti Srinivas, Director General, Sports Authority of India said, “The standard of Cycling in India is slightly raising and credit goes to Cycling Federation of India who is planning sincerely and training hard to the riders. This centre will help the development of cycling sport and form a considerable bench strength for the Indian Cycling team in furtherance to their quest for participation and winning at Asian, World and Olympic Games. He also said that on behalf of Sports Authority of India, I can assure you to provide all the support from SAI to our cyclists and federation as well.
Mr. Onkar Singh, Secretary General Cycling Federation of India said on this occasion, “We are working day and night to raise the standard of Indian Riders at the World level. The Satellite Centre will help to increase the level of competition amongst our athletes and also our Indian riders will get the maximum exposure by training with foreign riders under the guidance of World class coaches”.
“The world class facilities will help them to learn the new techniques and improve their timings. I am confident that with the inauguration of this Satellite Centre, we will be able to improve our rankings and achieve more medals in the major international events soon. Once we will start getting results at international level, I am sure it will help us in the further development and promotion of sport in the country” said Mr.Onkar Singh.