IPC: UCI must do more to support para-cyclists

IPC president Sir Philip Craven says the UCI have to provide more competitions for para-cyclists if it is to remain a Paralympic sport

Sarah Storey celebrates, London 2012 Paralympic Games track day one

While the International Paralympic Committee approved the inclusion of para-cycling in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (opens in new tab), its president Sir Philip Craven says the UCI need to do more to support its athletes.

The sport risked exclusion from the Games when the UCI submitted its application after the original deadline, but the IPC handed the sport a lifeline by including it on the Tokyo schedule.

Sir Philip warned the UCI that unless they provide the para-athletes with more opportunities for competition the sport would Paralympic future could be in serious doubt.

He told the Press Association (opens in new tab): “Although the IPC Governing Board approved the inclusion of cycling, it did express serious reservations regarding the sustainability of the track cycling discipline.

“While a decision on the Tokyo 2020 medal events programme will not be made until 2017, the Board encourages the UCI to work towards increasing both the number of high-performance track cyclists and the number of opportunities for them to compete at an international level.”

UCI president Brian Cookson (opens in new tab) said in his manifesto that the governing body must "support more international events for Para-cyclists."

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.