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Cycling races for upgrading

13th March 2012

The cycling association of Tanzania (CHABATA) is contemplating to upgrade all classic races to meet international standards.

CHABATA secretary general Lado Haule said they are considering improving the distance categories in a promotion that would attract foreign entrants.

Haule said most of top international cyclists prefer 100km race and if the current race is stretched to meet the distance, then possibly international entries would be realised.

The cyclist body’s official said this will be the only way to attract corporate sponsors.

“Currently all our cycling races do not attract international cyclists basing on its quality and status,” said Haule.

He said CHABATA will soon present its plans to the Ministry for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports through the National Sports Council (NSC).

Once the plan is approved and eventually implemented with success, domestic riders stand to benefit through competing with top cyclists from overseas.

Commenting on the dormancy of activities and competitions organised by his association, Haule said this was a result of lack of funds.

However, he said some cyclists last year competed at the East and Central African cycling tournament held in Kigali and also the African cycling championship staged in Mali.

Haule assured cycling fans and the entire fraternity that there will be activities for the new season to revive the game.

Meanwhile, Haule has made a call to corporate sponsors, individuals and organisations to support domestic events.

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