NCF To Use BMX To Develop Cycling

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The Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF), has said that it has concluded plans to use the new cycling event called Bicycle Motocross (BMX) to develop the game from the grassroots.

The  BMX made its debut as an Olympics event at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

NCF Technical Director, Mohammed Bashir, told newsmen that BMX was not expensive to initiate in the country, thus, a good means to hunt for talents at the grassroots.

“I went for a course in the month of July in Egypt and realised there was a new sports called BMX in cycling, which was not expensive to develop.

“So, we intend to develop it from the grassroots in order to catch them young, because it only needs a football field to draw a BMX track” he said.

The director said that the sport was meant for the youths and that NCF intended to use it to develop track races in the country, as obtained in other countries.

“It is for the youth, and from there we’ll move the discovered cyclists to the track,” Bashir said.

He added that the federation would organise a seminar on track races for cyclists and coaches in the country after the forthcoming 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Lagos in December.

“In 2011, the National Sports Commission (NSC) bought some track cycles, and coaches of the federation were trained by an expert from International Cycling Union (UCI) on track racing.

“After the sports festival, we will organise another seminar on track racing in Abuja, because all races in BMX are based on tracks,” he said.

Bashir said he was confident that the BMX event, when fully introduced and developed in Nigeria, would be embraced by all.