The first ever PSL Fire on Wheels UCI Class II International Olympic Qualifier was launched today, Tuesday April 24, at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), Olympic House, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. The 2018 edition of the games is carded to take place from June 2nd to 3rd, at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva.
This event is managed by PSL Cycling Club and is approved by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and sanctioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF). The 2018 edition of the games will feature a number of local and international athletes competing to qualify for the Japan 2020 Olympics.
Speaking at the launch on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs was Mr. Patrice Charles, Director of Physical Education and Sport. He said “Meets such as these can help to boost the sport tourism mandate. I am pleased to see that the hosting of this PSL Fire on Wheels is at our very own state of the art National Cycling Centre in Couva. This world class facility is equipped with all the modern requirements for elite cycling and will offer the experience all cyclists anticipate.”
Also speaking at the launch was Mr. Desmond Roberts, CEO/ Managing Director PSL who said: “The Club has been doing well over the years. In spite of these trying times, we are trying to keep the sport of cycling alive …. Couva is the hub for sport because many of the facilities are located in that area …. Couva has evolved from the sugar belt to the oil belt and now to a sporting belt.”
Managers for the PSL Fire on Wheels have promised a great show and branded the event as ‘short, sweet and fast’. Fire on Wheels is being hosted in collaboration with Perfection Services Limited (PSL), Metro Hotel and international corporate partner-Verge, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), SporTT, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and others.
Also attending the launch were Robert Farrier, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF), Brain Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, Mukesh Ramsingh, Corporate Partner, Metro Hotel, Erin Hartwell, National Technical Director Cycling (SPORTT) and former cycling icon, Gene Samuel.
The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs looks forward to continued partnership with the UCI and the T&TCF as we continue to aim to be a dynamic, customer-oriented and policy driven organization that brings all stakeholders together to promote development, total participation and excellence in sport.
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