Blaise CompaorÃ© received a UCI Certificate of Excellence from Pat McQuaid on Saturday.
During the African Continental Cycling Championships, which took place last week in Ouagadougou, the President of Burkina Faso, Mr Blaise CompaorÃ©, met with a delegation from the world of cycling.
During this meeting, the UCI President Mr Pat McQuaid presented Mr CompaorÃ© with a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of his commitment to the development of cycling.
âYour constant support for cycling has benefitted our sport not only in Burkina but on the entire African continent,â declared Pat McQuaid.
Among his most recent activities, Blaise CompaorÃ© awarded bicycles to his countryâs top athletes, which enabled them to train for and perform well in the 2012 African Championships. The country saw one of its riders, Karim Bonkoungou take third place in the Juniors road race.
The Burkina Faso President was accompanied by the Minister of Sports and Leisure, Mr Yacouba Ouedraogo. The cycling delegation comprised the President of the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) Dr Wagih Azzam, who presented Blaise CompaorÃ© with the Continental Championships medal, the Presidents of the National Federations of Algeria, CÃ´te dâIvoire and Rwanda, as well as Dominique Raymond, UCI Manager of National Federations and Continental Confederations.
Before the championships, the UCI organised a course for National Commissaires, thanks to the National Federations Development Fund. The 13 participants came from nine French-speaking African countries.