UCI launches new satellite centre in India

The new centre based in the New Dehli Velodrome hopes to establish a world class track team in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The UCI has announced that it will be launching a new satellite to its World Cycling Centre in New Dehli, India.

The hope is that the new facilities, based at the New Dehli Velodrome, will help develop the nation’s cycling team in time for the 2019 Track World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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The velodrome was built for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and as part of its legacy the UCI plan to develop not only the riders in India, but also training for coaches, mechanics as well as technical and administrative staff with the venue as a base.

The athletes that make the grade in the Indian national track side will also be invited to go to the UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland to enhance their skills and receive further coaching.

The New Dehli base will be the UCI’s fourth satellite venue, with Japan, South Korea and South Africa already involved.

“By launching satellite centres such as the one in Delhi we are providing a huge boost for the growth and development of cycling worldwide,” said UCI president Brian Cookson, “which was one of my major pledges when I was running for the UCI presidency.”

“The range of benefits that this facility will bring to India and South Asia, ranging from talent identification to elite level coaching, will have a significant impact on cycling in the region.”