By PATRICK OMORODION
The Commissaries’ Association of Nigeria has called on both the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, CFN and the National Sports Commission, NSC to help in the training and re-training of technical officials of cycling to enable them measure up with the prevailing standards of officiating.
President of the commissaries’ body, Chief Alfred Ale, who made the call at a 3-Day refresher course for commissaries held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan, said the need for the CFN to help train the cycling officiating officials was as a result of the decision of the International Cycling Union, (U.C.I) to relinquish the training and appointment of national Commissaries to federations.He lamented the inability of the country to produce international commissaries years after the two it had retired , stressing, “this is not to say that there has not been good enough candidates to face this training but the Federations that have come and gone in cycling did not see the need for this.”
Expressing happiness that the body was able to meet after many years of inactivity, Chief Ale appealed to the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC and the Federal Ministry of Sports to help in ensuring that young and upcoming Commissaries are able to train to become U.C.I. Commissaries.
Chief Ale said it was the duty of the CFN to develop the three arms of the sport that make for a competition namely the cyclists, coaches and commissaries who handle the officiating.
He said that the dearth of cycling competitions like the Brigadier AbdulKadir Cup, Moses Iloh Cup, Maltonic competition, Maltina Cycling tour among a host of others, calls for concern, adding that the biannual National Sports Festival which is the only competition left gives room only to a handful of commissaries to practice”.
“I want to call on all governments and individuals to please come to the assistance of cycling in Nigeria which is still at a crawling stage compared to some countries in Africa,” Chief Ale appealed.