Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Abdul Karim Sesay, popularly known as Stylish and an executive member of Sierra Leone’s National Cycling Executive, recently shared insights gained from the African Cycling Seminar in Egypt, highlighting its significance in fostering the development of African Cycling.
Speaking upon his return from the seminar alongside the association’s President, Sesay emphasized the tremendous opportunities the seminar brought for young cyclists in Sierra Leone. He expressed confidence that by January 2024, Sierra Leonean cyclists would venture globally, supported by the Sierra Leonean government, particularly through the Ministry of Sports (MOS) and National Sports Authority (NSA), in international competitions.
Sesay noted the valuable connections made with representatives from 54 other African countries, focusing on the collective advancement of African cycling.
“The seminar is a monumental step for Sierra Leone in sports history, especially in our participation in major global events like the All-African Games, African Cycling Championship, World Cycling Championship, Commonwealth Games, and more. Additionally, it will boost tourism in Sierra Leone through sports-related exploration,” Stylish stated.
Highlighting upcoming events, Sesay shared plans to revive the Sierra Leone Cycling picnic, inviting everyone to a 45km cycling race and celebration to promote the sport. He also announced intentions to send male and female athletes to compete in the Cairo African Championship track cycling event as part of the 2024 calendar.
He appealed to the government to support not only cycling but also invest in human capital development, ensuring continuous engagement of the youth.
“We need government support not just for cycling but for overall youth engagement. Investing in our youth will keep them active and involved,” Stylish urged.
Abdul Karim Sesay’s reflections on the Egyptian seminar underline the promising prospects for Sierra Leonean cyclists and the broader impact on sports development and tourism in the country. BT/18/12/2023