Bangabandhu Cycling hit by coronavirus

Sports Correspondent

17 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Asian Cycling Confede-ration (ACC) has postponed its upcoming 40th Asian Road Cycling Championship 2020 out of caution against the coronavirus outbreak.

The meet was scheduled to be held from March 17 to March 22 in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Bangladesh Cycling Federation (BCF) earlier selected ten cyclists for the meet namely Nasrin Sultana, Snigdha Akhter, Al Amin, Nazrul Islam, Qazi Rifat, Nishi Khatun, Tammad Bil Khayer, Khandakar Mahbub, Suborna Borma and Faisal Hossain.    

The decision was taken in the ACC Management Committee Meeting on Saturday. ACC stated, “We cannot risk the health of any of the participants more so with many top Asian road athletes coming as well.  This effort is in line with the global effort in order to stem the spread of the virus. ACC is also concerned about protecting riders from all risk of contamination and avoiding the spread of 2019-nCOV to other countries.”

ACC also postponed its Congress and Management Committee Meeting which was scheduled to be held in the sidelines of the Championships.

“We hope to see the situation pertaining to Coronavirus starts to normalize soon so that we can then start to fix the new dates for the Congress and the Championships to be held before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” the Asian cycling governing body added. The coronavirus outbreak also forced BCF to postpone Bangabandhu International Freestyle Stunt Cycling Competition 2020, which was scheduled to be held from February 27 to February 29 in the capital with the participants coming from 25 countries.

BCF President Shafiullah Al Munir said to daily sun on Sunday that the apex body of world cycling Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) advised them to postpone the meet.

“The UCI and most of the participating nations requested us to postpone the meet out of caution for the coronavirus outbreak. We understand the situation. The new fixture and dates will be announced after a meeting which is scheduled to be held on next Thursday,” Munir added.