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  The Union Cycliste Internationale UCI and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali Rwanda A Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025 The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle Switzerland on Wednesday May 25 as part of the Africa Day celebrations The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient UCI Director General Amina Lanaya UCI World Cycling Center WCC Acting Director Jacques Landry President of ANOCA Mustapha Berraf and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee IOC of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025 especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl South Africa Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years in the run up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda It is anticipated that some 30 athletes male and female will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl Jean Pierre Van Zyl The UCI WCC the education and training arm of the UCI has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot Merhawi Kudus Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007 Several of Africa s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams and this year the WCC Team a UCI women s continental team has two African members Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux After signing the memorandum of understanding UCI President David Lappartient stated When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time it was part of a larger vision to strengthen our development work on the continent I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now The continent is coming together with talent and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond
2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders

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Union Cycliste Internationale

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (https://AfricaOlympic.com) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run-up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025. The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond.

Africa Day

The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on Wednesday May 25, as part of the Africa Day celebrations. The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient, UCI Director General Amina Lanaya, UCI World Cycling Center (WCC) Acting Director Jacques Landry, President of ANOCA, Mustapha Berraf, and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi.

UCI Cycling Development Strategy

The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025, especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories.

Satellite in Paarl

The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, South Africa. Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe, where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years, in the run-up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda.

UCI WCC

It is anticipated that some 30 athletes (male and female) will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC, the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI-certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, Jean-Pierre Van Zyl.

UCI WCC

The UCI WCC, the education and training arm of the UCI, has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes, for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay, and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe. in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007. Several of Africa’s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams, and this year the WCC Team, a UCI women’s continental team, has two African members . : Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux.

UCI President David Lappartient

After signing the memorandum of understanding, UCI President David Lappartient stated: “When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time, it was part of a larger vision. to strengthen our development work on the continent. I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now.”

UCI Road World Championships

“The continent is coming together with talent, and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond.”

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