- Cycling Federation Of India
Cycling Federation of India
Cycling as a sport was introduced in India with the efforts of Sh. Janki Das in mid thirties. It received prominence at the International level when Sh. Janki Das, the lone Indian Cyclist participated in the British Empire Games at Sydney (Australia) in 1938 with Swami Jagan Nath accompanied as Manager. A few years later, another stalwart Sh. Sohrab H. Bhoot of Bombay & Sh. Janki Dass joined hands in furtherance of cycling sports and formed the National Cyclists Federation of India in 1946 and secured affiliation of this new body with Union Cyclists International (UCI). The same year, Indian Cycling Team participated in World Cycling Championships held in Switzerland. Thereafter, Indian cycling teams participated in London Olympics in 1948 & World Cycling Championships at Amsterdam in 1946 & Brussels in 1949. Cycling was one of the sports in 1st Asian Games held at National Stadium, New Delhi in 1951. At that time Sh. Sohrab H. Bhoot, who was President of National Cyclists Federation of India, formally constituted the Asian Cycling Federation with himself as its founder President.
The first good track nearly to an International Standard was built in Punjabi University, Patiala in 1975. Since then, this track has been used for a number of National Championships. Inter University Championships, Inter Railways Championships & for National Coaching Camps to prepare Indian Cycling Team for International Competitions/Championships. Another track of similar type was constructed in Bikaner (Rajasthan) curing 1980. Having these tracks, the two cities, Patiala and Bikaner have assumed the role of nurseries of cyclists.
Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is a pioneer in the promotion of cycling sports in India affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) , Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and Union Cycliste International (UCI).This is the sole body recognized by Ministry of youth affairs and sports , Govt. of India for the promotion of the sport of cycling in India.
- To direct, develop, regulate, control the cycling sports under all forms in the country.
- To promote cycling in all the State of India and at all levels.
- To organize, National Championships for Senior and Junior Men and Women, Inter State Cycling Championship and other Cycling Races like Stage Race in India of which it is sole owner.
- To promote sportsmanship and fair play.
- To represent the sport of cycling National & International Cycling events and defend its interest before the National & International Continental & Federations.
At present, there are more many tracks of International standard beside the above 6 tracks :-
- Indoor Cycling Velodrome, IG Sports Complex, New Delhi – 250Mtr Wooden
- Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar – 333.33 Mtr.
- NIS, Patiala – 333.33 Mtr.
- Punjabi Univeristy, Patiala – 500Mtr.
- Punjabi Agriculture University, Ludhiana : 333.33 mtr
- Jaipur, Rajasthan : 333.33 mtr
- Pune, Maharashtra : 333.33 mtr
- Trivandrum, Kerala : 333.33 mtr
- Osmania University Secundrabad – 333.33Mtr.
- Imphal : 333.33 mtr
- Jabalpur – 333.33 Mtr.
- Guwahati – 333.33 Mtr.
- Ranchi, Jharkhand – 333.33 Mtr.
- Bijapur, Karnataka – 500Mtr.
- Bikaner, Rajasthan – 500Mtr.
Two courses for National Commissaires were held in 1980. Mr. I. V. B. Hansen of Denmark, an International Commissaire of high repute was deputed by FIAC as teacher. 28 Officials qualified as National Commissaires out of these two courses, 1 st course from 25 th October 1982 to 3 rd November 1982 was conducted by Mr. Hansen.
Diploma Courses for coaches in cycling sports started by NIS Patiala and Ist batch of 18 coaches qualified in June 1984. Regular courses for commissaires and coaches are being held by Cycling Federation Of India, at New Delhi at National and International levels.
CFI organizes the following National Championships every year :
- National Road Cycling Championship
- National Track Cycling Championship
- National Mountain Bike Championship
Cycling Federation of India
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New Delhi – 110001
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