A delegation from the Cape Verdean Cycling Federation (FCC) is currently in Egypt, participating in a training event specifically designed to enhance the organization of cycling events. This training initiative, which runs from December 4th to 9th, is an effort spearheaded by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The primary goal of the FCC's involvement is to bolster their contribution to UCI events, which are deemed critical for the evolution and development of the sport.
Shaping the Future of Cycling in Cape Verde
The FCC delegation in Egypt is led by Arnaldo Barreto, the president of the general assembly, and Idilton Brito, a member of the technical council. This international training event is one of many steps taken by the FCC to enhance their involvement in international cycling events and further the development of the sport within Cape Verde.
FCC's Prior Engagement with UCI
Earlier in August, the FCC's director-president, Marques Mendes, attended the UCI General Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the World Cycling Championship. Cabo Verde was represented in this championship by six cyclists. During that meeting, Mendes made a compelling case for the UCI to pay increased attention to small island nations. He highlighted the high costs associated with transport and equipment procurement that these nations have to bear, urging the UCI to extend their support.
A Step Towards Global Recognition
The FCC's active participation in these international events is a testament to their commitment to catapult Cape Verde's cycling scene to global recognition. By voicing the challenges of small island nations and seeking international training, the FCC is not only equipping itself with the tools to organize world-class cycling events but also ensuring that Cape Verde's unique challenges and potential are recognized on the global stage.