KZN government and PMB honoured

2016-12-14 06:01
PHOTO: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography  Confederation of African Cycling president and UCI Senior Vice President, Dr Wagih Azzam will be presenting the KwaZulu-Natal government and Msunduzi Municipality with the Cac President’s ‘Friends of Africa’ Award for their contribution to the development of cycling in South Africa and on the African continent.

PHOTO: Andrew McFadden/BOOGS Photography Confederation of African Cycling president and UCI Senior Vice President, Dr Wagih Azzam will be presenting the KwaZulu-Natal government and Msunduzi Municipality with the Cac President’s ‘Friends of Africa’ Award for their contribution to the development of cycling in South Africa and on the African continent.

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THE KZN Government and the Msunduzi Municipality have been honoured with the Confederation of African Cycling (Cac) President’s “Friends of Africa” Award for their contribution to the development of cycling in South Africa and on the African continent.

Confirmation of the award was sent to the KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu and the Mayor of the Msunduzi Municipality, Councillor Themba Njilo llast week.

Cac controls the sport in Africa under the auspices of the the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the international cycling federation in Aigle, Switzerland.

Cac has headquarters in Cairo, Egypt and the president, Dr Wagih Azzam, is also the senior vice-president of the UCI.

Since 2009 Pietermaritzburg has been recognised as Africa’s Bike City and is one of only three UCI bike cities around the world – a status it shares with Copenhagen for Europe and Melbourne for Australasia.

In this time, the major international events that have been staged in the city and surrounding region include two continental championships, 10 UCI World Cup events and five UCI World Championships in different disciplines.

Pietermaritzburg is now recognised as the venue that has staged the most different cycling world cups and world championships anywhere in the world, which is a remarkable feat for a small city in KwaZulu-Natal relative to major cities around the world.

Preparations continue for events in and around Pietermaritzburg for 2017 and beyond, including the 2017 UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships in August and September 2017.

This next world championships will see disabled sportsmen and women from 45 to 50 nations coming to the region to compete. The city hosted a leg of the UCI Para Cycling Road World Cup in 2015 and 2016 with great success and the 2017 event will be the culmination of this journey for and with these truly remarkable athletes.

In terms of the award, Dr Azzam said: “Pietermaritzburg and the region of KwaZulu-Natal now have a firmly entrenched position in world cycling and the fact that so many wonderful events have been staged in the area have put the region on the world map.

“It is understood and accepted that without the ongoing support of the KwaZulu-Natal government and that of the city, none of the events and programmes would have been possible and this fact was once again raised and accepted at the recent CAC management board meeting in Cairo recently.

“It was proposed then and unanimously accepted that the KwaZulu-Natal government and Msunduzi Municipality and their related structures be awarded the CAC President’s “Friends of Africa” Award for their contribution to the development of the sport of cycling in South Africa and on the African continent as a whole.”

Dr Azzam is to visit KZN in January 2017 where he will hand over the awards to the two recipients. - Supplied.

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