Akure - The coach of the Ondo State Cycling Association, Chris Aladeyelu, said on Tuesday that the state's cyclists were training to win gold medals at the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.
Aladeyelu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure that they were preparing to make up for their absence at the 17th edition of the festival in Port Harcourt in 2011.
He explained that Ondo cyclists did not make it to Port Harcourt because they lacked standard equipment for training and participation in the fiesta.
"We are going to Lagos with cyclists that are ready to win gold medals for the state. We are already conducting pre-camping trials to select a balanced team for the festival in Lagos.
"Cycling is a reputable sport in Ondo State, we always win medals in every sports festival we participate in and we have two to three cyclists in the national team," he said.
He thanked the Chairman of the Ondo State Sports Council, Bamido Omogbehin, and the General Manager, Idowu Akinbulumo, for procuring equipment for the cyclists.
"Cycling is an expensive sport, to kit a cyclist costs between N350,000 and N400,000 and we are assuring the council and people of Ondo State that we will not let them down,” he said.
NAN reports that Ondo State cyclists will participate in an inter-state cycling competition, tagged "OO Inter-State Cycling Competition" for Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ogun before the sports festival.