By Kausa Mbasela
KANSANSHI Mine Plc has set its eyes on developing cycling sport in schools to enable Zambia send a team to the Olympics in future.
Company assistant general manager Meiring Burger said there was enough talent in Zambia to compete at the highest levels in the world.
Speaking in an interview in Solwezi after the US$1,000 third Zambia Schools Series cycling competition held at Trident College on Saturday country, Burger said there a lot of strong guys and all they needed was exposure to top flight competitions.
“We have very strong guys and all they need is to be exposed to top flight competitions with world class professionals and our cycling in Zambia will continue to improve,
“That is one of the major reasons why this series was introduced, to improve the standards of the sport in the country and eventually be able to compete with the very best in the world,” Burger said.
He explained that six competitors had been chosen to compete in the Spur schools series in South Africa on the second weekend of October.
“We have five boys and one girl who will represent Zambia in South Africa against their peers from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa itself so that they can get acquainted with a higher level of competition. The last time we sent our team there, the top performer managed a 20th place finish, which is not bad at all,” he said.
And Trident College head Austin Clarke thanked First Quantum Minerals (FQM) and Kansanshi Mine for the initiative and urged other corporate organisations to follow suit.
“The college is privileged to host this particular stanza and hopes to continue playing a key role in improving the sport in Zambia”,” he said.
This year’s event attracted more than nine schools in North-Western Province with competitors from Central Province.-SUMA SYSTEMS