Motivated to see cycling in his country develop even further, the President of the Oman Cycling Association SaÃ¯f Suba Al Rashidi talked to the UCI President and numerous heads of department during his day at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
As well as discussions with Pat McQuaid, the Oman Cycling Association President met with World Cycling Centre Director FrÃ©dÃ©ric MagnÃ©, UCI Marketing and Events Director Gerrit Middag, UCI Manager of National Federation Relations Dominique Raymond, and the Coordinators for Road, Track and Commissaires.
Mr Al Rashidi talked about his wish to set up a long-term training strategy for athletes with a view to their participation in World Championships and the Olympic Games. He would also like to see a UCI Continental Team registered in his country that could participate in the UCI Asia Tour.
For the President of the Oman Association, the development of cycling should by no means be restricted to elite-level athletes. He would like to encourage and inspire more young people take up the sport, and is also looking at ways to raise the level of coaches and Commissaires with courses as well as practical experience for Commissaires at the Tour of Oman.
Aside road cycling, Mr Al Rashidi spoke about his ambitions to see Oman with a mountain bike event on the UCI International calendar, and also sought advice for the construction of a velodrome. In a bid to encourage cycling among the general population, a pilot project for a cycling network has been put in place in Muscat.
âWe are preparing a strategy for cycling in Oman and appreciate the expertise and technical support of the UCI,â explained the President of the Oman Cycling Association. âWe are getting stronger and already have a world class race with the Tour of Oman where top athletes come to prepare for the season.â