The President of Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) Giandomenico Massari on Saturday said Nigeria’s victory at the just concluded 2023 Osagyefo criterium in Ghana is not part of criteria for Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI) /Confederation of Africa Cycling( CAC ) for qualification to 2024 Paris Olympic.
Massari said that for Nigeria’s leading female cyclist, Ese Upkeseraye retaining women’s title in the just concluded 2023 “Osagyefo “criterium in Ghana is not what’s is needed to qualify the girls for 2024 Paris Olympic.
” That race is not part of Union Cycliste Internationale ( UCI) /Confederation of Africa Cycling( CAC ) qualification in cycling.She ( ukpeseraye) has already qualified for Olympic in Paris 2024.
The federation have qualified in five world championships that took place from Aug.9 to Aug.13 at the 2023 UCI cycling world Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
“We qualify in five World Championship namely elite female track, elite female road, junior female road , and male para-cycling Tendam and Moto bike .
He stated that, cycling has improved in Nigeria so much that the country has dominated Africa in the competitions they participated in recently.
“Although there are many challenges,but thorough support from all sector’s within and outside the country will help increase the level of competitiveness in the competition.
The President also called on the private sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to invest in cycling, stressing that it will boost development in cycling.
“In sports ,the next level is very intensive in terms of resources,they need more advanced equipments, we need commercial sponsors who can take charge of the sponsorship of the Federation.
He said the next focus will be on the Road World Championships for 2024, which holds in Switzerland, based in Zurich.
The Osagyefo criterium 2023 is a one day event, hosted by the gladiators cycling club( GCC) on Sept. 21 in Accra and Upkeseraye retains women’s title and Treasure Coxason won the bronze medal.
The just concluded edition of 2023 Osagyefo Criterium on Thursday Sept. 21,was in honour of Ghana’s former President, Kwame Nkrumah.