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Gambia Cyclist Association set to stage national championship

Feb 23, 2010, 2:25 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

The Gambia Cyclist Association (GCA), which was established as far back in the 50s is set to stage a daylong cycling championship, scheduled for 27 February, Pointsport was reliably informed.

The Secretary-General of the association, Modou Demba, who was speaking to Pointsport in an interview at the Independence Stadium told this reporter that the championship will kick-start from Barra- Farafenni on 27TH February 2010, as part of the association's calendar of activities. It was formerly called the Independence Cyclist Championship, set up by the National Sports Council.

"The association was established in the 50s during the time of Alagie O.B Conateh, aka Fisco who could be described as one of the best cyclists in the country at the time, with the likes of Bye Ndongo who is the association's chief patron," Modou Demba told our reporter in this interview.

Cyclist may not be as popular as other sports but it has turned a new page in the country's sports in recent years. The game has only one moment of attraction that's when the cyclists reach the finishing touches, it will start to draw people's attention who will be eager to know who is the winner at the end of the race.

It will start from Barra to Farafenni on the same day in a form of road race.

The Secretary-General also spoke on plans to introduce cyclist into school sports, but was quick to admit that only if the finance is available.