Cycling: Hong Kong lands final round of Track Cycling World Cup
- Updated: May 2, 2015
May 2, 2015: Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Lee Wai-sze looks set to ride in front of her home fans in a major event after the International Cycling Union (UCI) awarded the final leg of its 2015-16 Track Cycling World Cup to Hong Kong, SportBusiness.com reported.
The Cycling Association of Hong Kong will host a round of the World Cup for the first time on January 16-17, 2016. Racing will take place at the Hong Kong Velodrome. The 250-metre track was inaugurated in December 2013 and has since hosted several international events such as last year’s Hong Kong International Track Cup.
Leung Hung-tak, Chairman of the Cycling Association of Hong Kong, said: “Hosting the World Cup in Hong Kong will help promote track cycling in our community, so we can identify more talented riders systematically for high-level performance training.”
In December, Leung revealed that talks were being held with the UCI, but said stringent commercial sponsorship requirements, as well as a price tag of HK$10m (€1.03m/$1.29m), were proving significant stumbling blocks.
Hong Kong continues Asia’s longstanding commitment to host World Cup rounds with the Chinese cities of Kunming and Beijing; Tokyo, Japan; and Astana, Kazakhstan having also welcomed the UCI’s major international series.
Hong Kong’s Track Cycling World Cup round will be preceded by events in Cali, Colombia from October 30-November 1 and Cambridge, New Zealand from December 5-6.
This year’s Junior Track World Championships in Astana from August 19-23 and next year’s Track Cycling World Championships in London, England, from March 2-6 complete the UCI international track calendar.
Source: Sport Business (www.sportbusiness.com); Editing by SportAsia