National Women Cycling from April 15

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The National Women Cycling Championship will be held here from April 15-17 with country’s top female riders taking part alongside two foreign teams.

Addressing a press conference here at the Olympics House, Idris Haider Khawaja, President of his own faction of Pakistan Cycling Federation said all the affiliated units of PCF will take part in it and Wapda will defend the title during the five day event in which two foreign teams will also be taking part.

“Two countries have confirmed their participation and we will be revealing their names after getting their respective final line ups,” he asserted.

“Tour de Pakistan Cycle Race which was to take place next month has been postponed to the unavoidable circumstances and the premier event will now be organized after general elections in the country,” said PCF official.

He said a bogus national team took part in the recently concluded Asian championship in India and deserving players were not included in the team which struck pathetic performance during the event.

“It was mere a joy ride trip by the parallel and deserving cyclists were not considered to visit India and back door selection was made which brought bad name for the country,” he said.

Idris Haider alleged that Pak female team did not take part in any event of the Asian championship and two female cyclists who accompanied the team failed to participate as they were short of two members to form a full female side.

He said it was unfortunate that Pak team fail to participate in the event despite being in India as the riders lacked required necessary practice and potential to compete in the elite event.

He said the national junior championship will be organized in Lahore in May and nearly over a 100 young riders show casing their talent.