UncategorisedCycling team eye Asian Games glory

September 11, 20190

?Bahrain’s national cycling team have stepped up their preparations for the cycling events at the 17th Asian Games, scheduled to take place in Incheon, in South Korea.
The games will be taking place from September 19 to October 4, with approximately 20,000 participants, comprised of 13,000 athletes and team officials from the 45 National Olympic Committees, and 7,000 media representatives.
Spearheading the Bahrain cycling team at the Games will be two of their finest riders – Sayed Ahmed Khalil and Mansoor Mohammed. Both are scheduled to compete in the time-trial races. Khalil will look to improve on his finish in the 2010 Asian Games in China, where he came 10th in the time-trial race.
The Bahraini pair have been training domestically under their coach Naji Ahmed since June. The team will be leaving for a training camp in Kuala Lumpur on September 7.
During the camp, the Bahraini riders are scheduled to compete in four tours, before they head to Jakarta, in Indonesia on September 16 to participate in four more events. They then travel to Seoul on September 21 for the Games.
Bahrain Cycling Association general secretary Sayed Shubbar Al Wedaie said the camps in Malaysia and Indonesia were chosen due to the similarity of weather conditions with the one in Korea, where the games will take place.
Athletes will compete in 36 sports, including the 28 Olympic Games sports on the programme for Rio de Janeiro 2016.
It will be the third time Korea has hosted the OCA’s showpiece event, following Seoul in 1986 and Pusan in 2002. This edition Games’ slogan is “Diversity Shines Here”.
Organisers will use 49 competition venues, including 23 new stadiums, and 54 training venues, 49 of which already exist. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 60,000-capacity main stadium took place on June 28, 2011, and work is expected to be completed by April 2014.

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