The curtain comes down on the African Continental Cycling Championships in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh this Today, December 5th. But as the athletes pack up and head home, the sport’s administrators will remain in the South Sinai city for the second UCI Sharing Platform (USP).
Fifteen National Federations from the African Continent will take part in the USP that will enable them to exchange ideas, learn from each other’s experience and establish a network of knowledge and information. The first USP, held in Geneva for European Federations in May, was widely appreciated and extremely successful.
“Africa is a particularly fast developing cycling region,” said UCI President Brian Cookson. “We have a great number of motivated and dynamic Federations which are willing and eager to share their experience and help other nations in their particular areas of expertise. It is this kind of networking and sharing that will help our sport develop even further.”
Cookson underlined the fact that it was the National Federations who would have the floor during the two-day USP. Representatives of the NFs have prepared presentations, which will be followed up with discussions and working groups covering four broad areas: general management, marketing and sponsorship, events and sport development.
Following the USPs in Geneva and Sharm El Sheikh, the UCI aims to organize at least two Sharing Platforms per year on different continents.