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Philippines to host World University cycling

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - At least 17 countries led by powerhouse Poland, Germany and The Netherlands will compete in the seventh edition of the World University Cycling Championship (WUCC 2016) set March 16-20 in Tagaytay.

The four-day championship, to be contested for the first time outside Europe, is sanctioned by both the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU), which also organizes the biennial World Universiade, the Olympics of students from over 166 countries.

Luis Miguel Loureiro, UCI international commissaire and FISU technical director for cycling, said this year’s WUCC would feature four main races along the Tagaytay City-Batangas route: the 122-km. road race; the 80-km.criterium; the 35-km. cross country Olympic; and the 1.2-km. cross country Eliminator.

Loureiro, in town to assess the condition of the race venues, praised the efforts of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (FESSAP) to stage a truly world-class cycling event.

FESSAP, headed by businessman David Ong, is the National University Sports Federation which outbid other countries for the right to give WUCC a memorable introduction in Asia and the Pacific.

For Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, a well-known patron of Philippine cycling, hosting the international cycling competition “is a dream come true.”

Lina, overall chair of WUCC 2016, said staging this seventh edition of WUCC in the country will generate a lot of benefits, the most important of which being its potential to inspire university students to take their passion for cycling to a higher level.

According to Ong, WUCC 2016 “is part of FESSAP’s continuing effort to revive interest in competitive cycling in the Philippines and catalyze, in the process, the transformation of Filipino bikers into cyclists equipped with upgraded technical skills.”

Christian Tan, FESSAP vice-president, said the final lineup of the Philippine contingent would be announced in two weeks’ time as two more tryouts would be held Jan. 24 in Silang, Cavite  for mountain bikers and on Jan. 31 in Pillilia, Rizal for road racers.

Tan said the tryouts would be open only to cyclists enrolled in educational institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

“This is in keeping with FISU and FESSAP’s advocacy of encouraging athletes to get an education during their prime so they may have an even chance for a secure and stable future when their playing days are over,” Tan added.

ACIRC

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

CHRISTIAN TAN

CYCLING

DAVID ONG

FEDERATION OF SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES

FOR CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER ALBERTO LINA

GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS

HIGHER EDUCATION

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY SPORTS FEDERATION

JAN

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