47 Nations confirmed for UCI Track Cycling World Championships

The UCI have declared the names of 47 countries who have qualified to enter teams for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester this month.

The five day event commences on Wednesday 26th March with four key finals taking place on the first night. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins is expected to be selected for the men’s individual pursuit with qualifying in the morning session. The British team sprinters will be in action against tough teams like France, Netherlands, Germany and Australia. The fastest four teams from qualifying go through to contest the medals.

Only the Netherlands has qualified to compete in all of the events. The Dutch team will be hopeful of medals in the sprint and endurance events. Willy Kanis is likely to contest the women’s 500m time trial and Marianne Vos will be among the favourites for women’s scratch race.  200m world record holder and current men’s sprint world champion Theo Bos will also be in action on the first night in the men’s team sprint.

The British team qualified for all events except the women’s team pursuit but can enter a team as host nation. The event debuts at the championships on Friday as will the British team likely to be led by Rebecca Romero

Tickets for Saturday have already sold out but tickets are still remaining for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

See the official website at http://www.worldtrackcycling.com for information

Countries qualified to enter riders:

 

1

Argentina

25

Italy

2

Australia

26

Jamaica

3

Austria

27

Japan

4

Belgium

28

Kazakstan

5

Belarus

29

South Korea

6

Brazil

30

Lithuania

7

Canada

31

Malaysia

8

Chile

32

Moldavia

9

China

33

Mexico

10

Colombia

34

Netherlands

11

Cuba

35

New Zealand

12

Czech Republic

36

Poland

13

Denmark

37

South Africa

14

Dominican Republic

38

Russia

15

Spain

39

Switzerland

16

Estonia

40

Slovakia

17

France

41

Thailand

18

Great Britain

42

Chinese Taipei

19

Germany

43

Ukraine

20

Greece

44

Uruguay

21

China Hong Kong

45

United States of America

22

Indonesia

46

Uzbekistan

23

Iran

47

Venezuela

24

Ireland    


UK Sport

The 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships are part funded by UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Events Programme, which aims to secure events of strategic importance that deliver a range of lasting benefits. These include economic, social and cultural benefits as well as improving sporting performance by home athletes, encouraging participation and leaving a legacy of facilities and development initiatives. Over 120 sporting events have been staged in the UK through the programme since 1997, with around 100 more targeted before 2012. More at http://www.uksport.gov.uk

Manchester City Council

Manchester is hosting the UCI Track Cycling World Championships for the third time since 1996, during which time the City has also been a regular host of the successful World Cup Classic series. The event is being staged at the National Cycling Centre, home of British Cycling and is recognised as one of the fastest tracks in the world.

The World Championships form part of a unique series of global sports events in Manchester in 2008.  In the single biggest year of world sport since the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002, Manchester will host:

·      UCI Track Cycling World Championships, 26 – 30 March 2008, National Cycling Centre, Sportcity

·      9th FINA World Swimming Championships 2008 (25m), 9 – 13 April 2008, MEN Arena

·      UEFA Cup Final 2008, 14 May 2008, City of Manchester Stadium, Sportcity

·      BUPA Great Manchester Run, 18 May 2008, Manchester City Centre

·      Hi-Tec World Squash Championships Manchester 2008, 11 –19 October 2008, National Squash Centre, Sportcity

·      Paralympic World Cup, 5 – 11 May 2008, Sportcity and other venues

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