National officials discuss upgrading the status of the Cycling Center
MEMBERS of the Cycling Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (TTCF) and the TT Sports Society (SporTT) are currently in talks with the International Cycling Union (UCI) to transform the National Cycling Center (NCC) in Couva into an official satellite center. .
On Saturday TTCF President Rowena Williams and SporTT CEO Jason Williams and Head of Partnerships and Alliances Kairon Serrette held their first meeting with UCI officials to chart the way forward.
A UCI satellite center is a unique training center for athletes from developing countries. It offers the same path to elite success by organizing training camps to nurture young athletes and to help the development of cycling in the region.
Currently, there are four UCI satellite centers around the world: South Africa, Japan, South Korea and India.
The Sports Department, SporTT, TTCF and UCI have all accepted this upgrade which bodes well for cyclists in the Pan American region.
There will be no direct physical change in the structure of the NCC, but the sessions, athletes and coaches involved will follow a UCI sanctioned schedule. Cyclists will benefit from modern training programs and tactics to help them improve their trade to a world-class level.
In mid-August, Sports and Community Development Minister Shamfa Cudjoe signed several documents with the UCI for the NCC to be developed according to international standards and be part of its UCI program.
Since then, the organizations involved have worked diligently to achieve satellite center status.
UCI International Relations Representative Vincent Jacquet, Pan American Cycling Confederation President Jose Palaez, Caribbean Cycling Confederation President Trevor Bailey and Ambassador to Belgium Colin Connelly also join discussions with the local trio in Belgium.
A statement released by TTCF on Saturday said: “We look forward to this initiative being formalized by 2022.”