Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Following the energetic and successful culmination of the second leg of the Salone Cycling Cup Series, known as the Le Col Lunsar Criterium, Abdul Karim Kamara, popularly known as Stylish, representing the Sierra Leone National Cycling Association (SLNCA), has extended an appeal to the government for support ahead of the forthcoming third round slated for Kono on January 28th, 2024.
Amidst fervent cheers from thousands of onlookers in Lunsar Town, over 100 cyclists from across the nation showcased their prowess during the event. The Junior and Female riders engaged in a spirited 16-lap Criterium, while the Elite riders navigated a challenging 20-lap Criterium route.
In the Elite category, Moses Lamin Kamara from Lunsar Cycling Club secured the top spot, trailed by Alusine Conteh of Flames Cycling Club in second place and Ibrahim Kamara from C2C Cycling Club securing the third position. In the Junior category, Kalil Kallie Kamara from Lunsar Cycling Club clinched the first place, followed by Amadu Sow of Flames Cycling Club in second place and Alhaji S. Saccoh from Makeni Cycling Club in third. In the Female category, Aminata Jabbie of Kono Cycling Club seized the first position, with Esther G. Mansaray from Mbuntu Cycling Club securing the second spot and Blessing Jabbie of Kono Cycling Club finishing third.
Emphasizing Lunsar’s cycling prowess, Moses Lamin Bangura continued to dominate the podium after consecutively winning both the first and second rounds in Freetown and Lunsar, respectively.
Stylish, SLNCA’s Administrative Secretary, expressed delight at the successful culmination of the second round, highlighting Lunsar’s growing reputation as the nucleus of Sierra Leonean cycling and projecting its ascent to becoming a pivotal hub for African cycling.
Anticipating the third round in Kono, Stylish lauded their impressive performance across categories and suggested they might have a home advantage in the upcoming event.
Expressing the association’s need for support, Stylish called upon government institutions, including the National Sports Authority (NSA), the Ministry of Sports, and the National Olympic Committee (NOC), seeking sponsorship for the series. Acknowledging previous private sponsors’ contributions, he highlighted the necessity for government support to sustain the competition. Stylish affirmed the importance of securing government backing for the series’ continuity and indicated ongoing engagements with relevant authorities to garner necessary support.BT/12/12/2023