The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap) will be hosting the prestigious 7th World University Cycling Championship on March 16 to 20 in Tagaytay City.
Fessap cycling association chief Christian Tan said preparations for the five-day meet are now in full swing as top collegiate cyclists from different parts of the world are expected to show up.
“We are now in deep preparation for the World University Cycling Championship. We want to welcome our guest with open arms, we want to share our culture especially the Filipino hospitality,” said Tan.
Fessap will be employing strict guidelines in line with the standards set by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) – the international federation which also handles the Summer/Winter World University Games.
The Philippines has been chosen as host after passing the criteria set by FISU Executive Committee.
Last year, FISU gave a passing rate during the ocular inspection led by Paulo Ferreira and Luis Miguel Loureiro.
The Philippines will be fielding 12 cyclist – six in road race and six in mountain bike.
According to FISU rules, each country can send a maximum of eight athletes (four men and four women) in road race, maximum of 12 (six men and six women) in track events, maximum of 12 (six men and six women) in mountain bike, maximum of eight (four men and four women) and maximum of eight (four men and four women) in cyclo-cross race.
Besides the World University Cycling Championship, Fessap also prepares for the 1st Asian University Road Cycling Championship scheduled on July 24 to 25 in Chang-Nyeong, South Korea.
EMIL C. NOGUERA