Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Salone Cycling Cup Series will resume today, Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Lunsar, featuring over 50 athletes in junior and senior categories, both male and female. This follows the successful kickstart of the series in Freetown two days ago.
In Lunsar, senior male athletes will compete in a 16-lap Criterium Championship, while junior male athletes and females will participate in a 10-lap Criterium.
The series is set to continue on January 28, 2024, in Kono, and in February 2024 in Makeni. The final Salone Cycling Cup series will take place in Bo. All these events will be conducted as Criterium races.
The opening event in Freetown, held at Gigibonta Ice Cream Lumley, saw the Minister of Sports initiating the race. In her statement, she expressed gratitude to the Sierra Leone National Cycling Association for organizing the event, emphasizing its positive impact on youth engagement and employment through healthy recreational activities. She highlighted the importance of nonviolence and how sports contribute to socialization and physical well-being.
The minister commended sponsors for their commitment to supporting athletes to become champions, not just within Sierra Leone but on the international stage. She praised the organizers for the well-structured technical aspects of the competition.
Expressing government support, the minister acknowledged the efforts of sponsors, such as Tacugama, in assisting cycling and promoting the sport across different districts. She encouraged other sporting associations to emulate the Cycling Association’s proactive approach and organize local activities, fostering growth and development within the sporting community. The minister urged cyclists to continue training, aiming for success in upcoming series to strengthen Sierra Leone’s representation and bring home more medals. BT/26/11/2023