The Director of Sports Bai Kabia yesterday presented the Cycling delegation who won the third edition of the ECOWAS peace cycling tour in Guinea on the 30th November 2008 to the Deputy Minister of Education Youth and Sports Algassimu Jah at his Bishop House office at the National stadium in Freetown.
In his statement the Director of Sports said they are proud of the cyclists as they have been able to win the competition for three consecutive years in a row.
He also mentioned that they were able to win the competition because they were well prepared as the tour of Burkina Faso was their training grounds for the competition.
He stated that sporting disciplines need to be patient with the Sports Council as they have different associations that they need to attend to.
The Director of Youths Tony Koroma in his own contribution said that for the Sierra Leone Cycling team to be victorious in the competition in Guinea was not a surprise to him as he was present went they won the first edition of the ECOWAS peace cycling tour for Mano River Union countries.
He mentioned that particular competitions move sporting fans within the country as they were close to their radio sets listening to live commentary. He observed that Cycling has developed in the country.
He also appealed to the Executive and Sports Council to take the disciplines to the schools if sports is to create any impact in the country.
The leader of the delegation Mohamed Kabbah gave a brief background of how the competition started. He said at the end of the war in Sierra Leone ECOWAS decided to come and help the region to have peace. After several meetings they decided to organize a programme that is going to involve the youth so they also decided to start with cycling in 2006 which was hosted by Sierra Leone.
Minister Jah also in his own contribution praised the cyclists for their performance in the competition and encouraged them to do more in the future.