New Delhi, Jan 20: It will be time for some good international action in the not so well developed sport of cycling when more than 600 cyclists , representing 20 countries, compete for honours in the 37th Asian track cycling championships at New Delhi from february 6 to 10. The races will be held at the velodrome at IG Sports complex in the national capital.
Out of 37 Asian countries where cycling is a popular sport and a national passion, as it were, host India, China, S Korea, Chinese Taipei, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Iran, Malaysia, Kazakastan, Saurdi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Uzbekistan have confirmed participation. Of them cyclists from China, Japan, Korea and Kazhkastan, a few of them Olympians, including Lee Wai, a woman Bronze medal winner in the 2010 London Games will be pedalling away at the velodrome as favourites for the medal count.
As the host , but not so powerful on the cycles, the sport still developing India will be hoping for a medal or two especially from Ms Deborah , a world ranked cyclist. Our junior cyclists in the first 15 rankings will also be hoping from some medal results in this event .
An added motivation for India’s young cyclists would be that this competition will serve as good preparation to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo, Cycling Federation of India secretary general Mr Onkar Singh averred, taling to Sportingindia.com, when contacted in New Delhi where hectic preparations are on to stage the prestigious event, and take the development of this sport in India up by another notch, as it were..
The track cycling race formats, both individual and Team, will include Keirin, Sprint, Team Sprint, Scratch Race, Point Race, Madison, Individual Time Trial, Omnium, Individual Pursuit and Team Pursuit.