In what is another major development in Indian sports, the Indian men’s team has qualified for the Team sprint event at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships which will be hosted in Berlin from February 26, 2020 to March 1, 2020.
This will be India’s men’s team’s maiden appearance at the
global event where the top 18 teams from the world participate. The team
comprises of youngsters in Esow Alben (19), Jemsh Singh (19), Rojit Singh (18),
and Ronaldo Singh (18). This is also the last event to collect qualification
points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking to Sportstar, national coach R. K. Sharma said: “It is a huge achievement for the young boys to qualify for senior world championships. We are not worried about where the team will finish this year. The aim is to qualify for the 2024 Olympics and we are a step ahead in our goals now by qualifying for the world championships this year,"
"The Olympic cycle will begin in 2022 and by then we hope to collect enough points for a qualification head start,” he said.
The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are a set of world championship events for the various disciplines in track cycling and they are regulated by the Union Cycliste Internationale. The current events include: team sprint, Madison, omnium, scratch race, team pursuit, points race, kejrin, time trial and individual pursuit.
This year, 20 events will be held, 10 each for both men and
women. Deborah Herold was the first Indian to qualify for the world
championship when she made the cut for the 2016 championship in the women’s
500m time trial event. The biggest name in India’s cycling continent, Deborah
sustained an injury in 2017 after which she has not played much tournaments,
and that has also brought to halt her hopes of going to Tokyo later this year.