Lagos - The Chief Coach of Lagos State Cycling Association, Lateef Oloko, on Wednesday said that dearth of competitions was crippling the sport’s development in the country.
Oloko in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said that lack of competitions had stalled activities in the state associations.
According to him, they rely mostly on national competitions organised by the Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF) but there are no such now and it is affecting them.
``Cycling is suffering because of lack of competitions, we have been saying we do not have equipment. Although we now have modern bicycles procured by the state government, but we still lack competitions.
``I appeal to the NCF to integrate more grassroots competitions into their programme to propel state associations to action,’’ Oloko said.
The coach also appealed to the NCF to woo corporate organisations formerly sponsoring its competitions to come to the aid of the sport.
``We have many corporate organisations that sponsored competitions before but they have withdrawn, I think the NCF should try and woo them back,’’ he said.
Oloko urged former champions to stake their monies in the development of the sport.
The coach said that former champions of other sports had helped developed their own sports by organising competitions in their own little way.