Cycling Coach Promises To Groom Youngsters
Rivers State Cycling Association Coach, Emmanuel Onasanya, has hinted that the enhanced training of cyclists is to further take cycling in the state to the next level among comity of cyclists in the country and beyond.
Coach Onasanya who disclosed this in a chat with The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt said they embarked on fitness cycling every last Saturday of the month where athletes from other states participate, adding that it is aimed at achieving their aim of being a force to be reckoned in the sport.
According to him, Rivers State had been dominating the game of cycling in the country since 2011 National Sport Festival and in other cycling events in both male and female categories, disclose that they won gold medal in All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville in 2015, as African Champions.
He said as a Coach, he would continue to give the technical and moral encouragement but needed cycling lovers to assist as government alone cannot shoulder the responsibilities of sports promotion in the state.
He said his joy is seeing talents in cycling and building them to stardom with encouragement from the Local, State and Federal Governments, adding that people would no longer under-rate them.
Coach Onasanya noted that their challenges include lack of fund, sponsorship of competition, bicycles and spare parts, and tyre.
He opined that after the cycling career, some of them could become bicycle mechanics among others, stressing that cyclists could be groomed from a tender age to become stars.
He lauded the Sustainable Cycling Foundation (SCF), Lagos, Team lifestyle Cycling Club, Port Harcourt and Team Sub-sea for their contributions toward promoting cycling in Nigeria and Rivers State in particular, and expressed delight with the new President of Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) Engr. Giandomenico Massari for the successful hosting of African Track-Cycling Championship, first of its kind in Abuja and Nigeria winning 21 gold, 18 silver and some bronze medals.
The Coach further hinted that the Track Cycling facilities in Abuja which were adjudged to be the best by the World Governing Body was procured by a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003, adding that for Nigeria to have won the championship among countries like Egypt, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Cote‘deVoire and others have shown that cycling had become a house-hold name in the country.