In the wake of putting the final touches to the 2012 Sharjah Cycling Tour that will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 21-24, the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) nominates Mussie Asehel of Eritrea to coach the team that represent the African continent.
Organised under the auspices of the UAE Cycling Federation (UAE CF), the four-day competition is expected to attract 15 teams from all over the world. The Tour will consist of a time trial and three road stages within the boundaries of Sharjah.
In response to the official nomination letter from President of the CAC, Dr. Wagih Azzam, the Eritrean National Cycling Federation elected young talent Tesfom Ogbamariam to represent Eritrea both in the competition and in the African team that represent the continent. This only attests Eritrea’s growing potential and influence in the sports domain.
The UAE will put out at least two teams, along with other entrants from the likes of Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Qatar, Tunisia, Australia, France, Philippines, South Africa, Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine.
“This is the first time that such a high-level event is being organised here and we want to ensure we have the best riders coming to the UAE,” said Mohammad Mehrab Al Sabbagh, UAE CF Board Member, Director of Finance and Technical Committee Head.
Mussie Asehel was the coach for the Eritrean National Cycling Team that won all the gold medals and this year’s African Continental champion title for the third continues year, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.