Nedbank launches Confederation of African Cycling MTB Championships

11 Apr 2019 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The Confederation of African Cycling Mountain Bike (MTB) championship was launched here on Thursday.
The championship is a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo, Japan Olympic Games and more than 10 African countries will compete for qualification spots at Farm Windhoek on Saturday.
It will start Friday with Under-10 to Under-16 events, while the senior events will be held on Saturday from 07h30.
Launching the event, Nedbank Namibia Executive for Retail and Business Banking Richard Meeks, said: “To host a prestigious continental cycling race in our country today is because of the brave decision, dedicated volunteerism and the unbridled enthusiasm of our cycling community.”
He said credit should also be given to the cyclists for preparing themselves well for this spectacle event.
“Praise usually is given to the sponsors but instead should be given to cyclists who toils, amidst incredible hardships, to prepare themselves in representing our country with pride, and to volunteers who offer so much for themselves to grow the professionalism of the sport,” Meeks said.
He added that in order to prepare cyclists enough for global cycling, competitive events like the MTB Championships need to take place in the cyclists’ own backyard where they can hear the roar of home crowd fans.
“We are happy that the Namibian Cycling Federations and the Confederation of African Cycling trusted Nedbank Namibia to bring the best African cyclists to Namibia.”
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