19 January 2018
Myanmar is going to host the Asian Road and Para Cycling Championships 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw from February 8th to 12th.
A total of nearly 400 participants from over 25 nations including Myanmar will take part in the various categories of cycling events. Among them, Hong Kong will be sending the largest contingent of cyclists followed by Japan and Thailand.
Four national teams from Myanmar have been registered for five categories- the women junior, Men junior, Men Under 23, Men Elite and Para Cycling.
Deputy Coach, Myanmar National Team, Aung Myo Naing said “There will be highly experienced and competitive cyclists participating in this event. This is a good opportunity for our national team to be exposed to regional and international standards. It is also a stepping stone for our national elite level cyclists to compete in continental events. We hope that our national team would gain more confidence and experience through this event.”
The President of Myanmar Cycling Federation said the coming Championship will raise interest in cycling among the public and help the Federation to identify candidates for the national team.
President, Myanmar Cycling Federation, Khin Maung Win said “There will be points at the UCI level for all the participants so it's quite important. It's not easy to host an event like this. So there is a lot of interest if you are cyclist that Myanmar is hosting such a prestigious event today. So that's kind of an incentive for young cyclists to be able to compete and participate in that level and win. Cycling is a growing sport in Myanmar. And if you look at it, there is also a lot of interest from the leadership”.
The 2018 Asian Road and Para Cycling Championships are organized by the Asian Cycling Confederation in cooperation with Myanmar Cycling Federation. The first Asian Cycling Championships were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1963.