The President of the African Cycling Confederation (CAC), Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam, met with UCI President Pat McQuaid during his visit to the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on Wednesday.
âWe had very good discussions for the development of cycling in Africa,â confirmed Dr Azzam, who is also a Member of the UCI Management Committee.
Dr Azzam also met with UCI Director General Christophe Hubschmid, World Cycling Centre Director FrÃ©dÃ©ric MagnÃ©, Sport and Technical Director Philippe Chevallier, Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation Director Francesca Rossi and UCI Manager of Continental Confederation Relations Dominique Raymond.
âSince I was re-elected President, with our new management committee, we have decided to increase our efforts to develop cycling in Africa across all disciplines,â said Dr Azzam.
With this aim, he would like to see more courses organised for coaches, mechanics, commissaries and event organisers. He discussed these last two ideas with UCI Road Coordinator Matthew Knight and UCI Commissaires Coordinator Andrius Buividas.
âIn particular we want to raise the level of our African Championships, which will take place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November,â added Dr Azzam. âWe would also like to see more countries taking part in these championships.â
He added that a way of raising the level of Africaâs athletes would be to see more of the trainees from World Cycling Centre Africa (in Potchefstroom) transfer to the WCC in Aigle, Switzerland. He also raised the issue of the Olympic Games and World Championship qualification systems for African athletes.
During his visit to the UCI, Dr Azzam also talked about Cycling for All initiatives with UCI Project Coordinator Andrea Marcellini.
Dr Azzamâs visit will conclude on Friday when he meets the UCI Administrative Director Claude Schnegg.