THE Cycling Association of Zambia (CAZ) will begin its talent identification programme in the second quarter of the year, it was announced yesterday.
CAZ president Peter Chintu said the association will embark on a talent identification tour in all the provinces of the country once sponsorship is available.
Chintu said they want to enhance competition in the league and thereby improve performance at international tournaments.
“Our desire is to make the league more competitive than ever before. This is possible by bringing more talented young cyclists. We hope to run this talent identification programme alongside the league.
‘‘But it can only be implemented with adequate sponsorship. I appeal to individuals and corporate entities to come on board and make this programme a success,” he said.
He said the association was encouraged by the number of new clubs registering to compete in the league.
“We have seen new clubs registering for the 2016 season. This is the reason why the league will have 12 legs compared to nine last year. The league kicks off in April and is expected to be competitive,” he said.
Chintu said the six riders scheduled to compete in Mountain Biking tournament in South Africa in April are responding well to training.
He said the riders have exhibited commitment and endurance which was vital ahead of the challenge.
He encouraged the six member team to remain focused and polish their riding skills considering that the tournament in South Africa is at world level.