Lahore: Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF) has announced 6-member National Cycling Team along with one reserve player to participate in an international cycling competition entitled ‘Tour of Sharjah’ being organized between November 21-25, 2013.
The competition comprises of four stages, three of which are around 140 km each, while one stage is 175km long. Cyclist from more than 30 countries will be seen competing in the event.
PCF’s Selection Committee headed by Tariq Alvi comprised of Chief National Coach Nusrat Khan and National Coaches Sardar Nazakat Ali and Shafique Cheema announced Pakistan’s Cycling Team that comprises of Nisar Ahmad Kasi (WAPDA), Captain, Ghulam Abbas (Army), Vice Captain, Sabir (WAPDA), Zahid Gulfam (WAPDA), Naimat Ali (SSGC) and Habibullah (SSGC) whereas Mohammad Sajid (Army) would be the reserve player.
President PCF Munawar Baseer Ahmad informed that the national team accompanied by Manager and Head Coach Nusrat Khan and Assistant Coach Shafique Cheema left Peshawar for Dubai on November 20, 2013. The National contingent is headed by Secretary PCF Syed Azhar Ali Shah whereas Nisar Ahmad, Secretary, KPK Cycling Association has proceeded as an official delegate.
Prior to the team announcement trial was held on GT Road from Islamabad to Gujjar Khan and back that was witnessed by Mr. Munawar. The cyclists covered a distance of 63.6 km and it was heartening to note that in spite of buzzing traffic and unfavourable road conditions distance was covered in 80.3 minutes at an average speed of 47.52 kph.
PCF’s Selection Committee evaluated the performance of cyclists who underwent rigorous training during past three weeks at National Sports Center, Islamabad. Overall performance of the cyclists during last one year was also taken into consideration along with the results of recently held three national competitions that included races from Abbottabad to Nathiagali, Islamabad to Murree and Peshawar to Wah.
President PCF expressed hope that national team would perform well and this experience would help our cyclists in their placement at a better position while competing in Asian Cycling Championship to be held in Kazakhstan in May 2014 and later in the Asian Games. PCF adhered to all requirements of Pakistan Sports Board and Ministry of Foreign Affairs while obtaining NOC and other requisite permissions for participation in this event.