The 2013 Congress of the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) was held in Cairo (Egypt) on Saturday with the participation of 31 National Federations and the UCI President, Pat McQuaid.
The delegates voted to re-elect Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam (Egypt) as CAC President until 2017. He pledged to continue to apply all his experience to the benefit of the African Cycling Confederation during this period of exceptional growth in the sport.
While African cycling has gained considerable international exposure due to the results of several iconic riders, African athletes have also had the opportunity to compete in an increasingly well-structured and diversified Continental Calendar. The next stage for African cycling is the development of women's cycling, as demonstrated by the objectives and projects set out by several National Federations.
The CAC is also seeking an increase in the number of qualification places for the continent for the Olympic Games.
"As President of the UCI, I find it particularly pleasing to see the development of our wonderful sport on the African continent", said Pat McQuaid in an address to the Congress. "Africa is not considered a traditional cycling region, but over the past few years your athletes have gradually been forcing the rest of the world to start revising their opinions!"
The UCI President also gave details of steps taken by the UCI to construct "a bright future for cycling", in particular through consultation with the various stakeholders of the sport.
Upon the proposal of several Federations, the Congress passed a vote of confidence and support of the UCI and its President for the work it has carried out, and in particular the measures taken in the fight against doping.
Dominique Raymond, the UCI Manager of Continental Confederation and National Federation Relations, met many Federation representatives between Thursday and Saturday in her role to liaise with National Federation executives and provide support for development projects.
During the Congress sessions, the CAC confirmed the award of the 2013 African Championships to Egypt.