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Dubai Sports Council discuss ways to strengthen cooperation with UCI

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Filed on March 21, 2021
Officials from DSC and UCI during a meeting in Dubai. — Supplied photo

The UCI President was pleasantly surprised to learn about the number of events Dubai Sports Council organises every year

A delegation of international and continental cycling chiefs, led by the President of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) David Lappartient, visited Dubai Sports Council on Sunday to discuss means of further strengthening their relationship and cementing UAE and Dubai’s position as one of the leading destinations for top international cycling events as well as international cycling tourism.

Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, welcomed the delegation which included, beside Lappartient, Osama Al Shafar, member of UAE Federal National Council and President of Asian Cycling Confederation, and Dr Mohamed Wagih Azzam, President of the African Cycling Confederation.

Saeed Hareb was accompanied by Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, as the two sides met to discuss mutual ties and future projects.

Speaking to the delegation, Saeed Hareb talked about the unlimited support sports, and cycling in particular, enjoy from the country’s wise leadership. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; himself is an exemplary role model for cycling and one of the biggest proponents of the great physical and mental benefits of this wonderful sport,” Saeed Hareb said. “His Highness has always shown great interest in the UAE Tour, as well as the Dubai Tour before that, and is present in person every year to greet participants.”

The UCI President was pleasantly surprised to learn about the number of events Dubai Sports Council organises every year, and expressed his happiness with the growth of cycling in Dubai and the UAE. He also thanked Dubai Sports Council for the role it has played in supporting cycling in Dubai and the UAE, as well as at a global level, by jointly hosting one of the best-organised cycling events on the UCI calendar.

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