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Cycling: CAC to train coaches in Abuja – Official

By Aderonke Ojo
The Confederation of African Cycling (CAC),  is set to organise a capacity building training for coaches, commissaries and mechanics in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the week-long training camp which is scheduled to hold from July 8 to July 13, is part of activities lined-up ahead of the Africa Cup Track Championship in Abuja.
The four -day Africa Cup Track Championship is expected to hold from July 14 to July 17 at the Velodrome, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
The President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari, told NAN that the goal of the camp is to ensure that the coaches training the athletes have high standard capacity building.
“Before the commencement of the Africa Cup  championship in Abuja, the CAC is going to be organising this camp/courses for those that will be participating in the championship.
“The CAC  is organising these two major courses in order to raise the standard of the professional components of the sports.
“The CAC are expected to bring high level experts and track trainers who will give all the necessary assistance during the camp as well as the tournament.
“The CAC will be responsible for the sponsorship of the courses and will carry all the necessary funding and facilitation during the camp.
“The courses include the mechanics levels two and coaches level two and will see delegates from Nigeria as well as from other African countries participating,” he said.
Massari noted that the participants for the training camp were expected to have the level one certificate as a pre-requisite to be part of the courses.
According to him, the training will  be an opportunity to raise the standard of both coaches and mechanics in the country.
“If we were supposed to travel out of the country to participate in this type of training ,it will usually be very expensive, so we  are very excited to be having this on a platter of gold at our doorstep.
“This is indeed a big opportunity for us to make sure that our coaches and mechanics acquire more knowledge in the sport in order to be at par with the rest of their counterparts all around the world,” he said.
He said that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), an international testing agency would be on ground ahead of the championship to carry out a routine random testing of the athletes as well as certify the facilities to be used
“The doping aspects is a very important aspect of the competition and we as a federation have zero-tolerance for the use of performance-enhancing drugs by our athletes.
“So, all the athletes participating in the championship  will undergo testing before the competition as all necessary arrangements have been concluded by the anti-doping unit to ensure compliance.
“There will also be inspection of the facilities before the commencement.so as to ensure that the Velodrome is certified to host international events and fit for the athletes to compete in the championship and conducive for people to stay before and during the championship,” he said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng).
Edited by Ese E. Eniola Williams

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