By Amjad Aziz Malik, Secretay General, AIPS Asia
DUBAI, March 29, 2021: In the sidelines of the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) general council meeting in Dubai, a conclave of the South Asian Cycling Confederation (SACC) was held. It was attended by five member countries out of seven, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
The meeting, held at Hotel Intercontinental in Dubai on March 22, 2021, decided to establish the South Asian Cycling Confederation (SACC). All seven National federations of South Asia countries are the founders having the privilege of sending three members from each country with the minimum of one female member.
The meeting was chaired by Parminder Singh Dhindsa, President of Cycling Federation of India. Onkar Singh, Secretary General of ACC, was present as a special invitee.
The first unanimously elected Executive Board is as follows:
President: Syed Azhar Ali Shah (Pakistan);
Vice-Presidents: Maninder Pal Singh (India), Navarathnanraj Karunarathne (Sri Lanka), Mohamad Taher Alam Chowdhury (Bangladesh);
Secretary General: Gopal Sunder Lal Kakshapati (Nepal);
Treasurer: Fazli Ahmad Fazli (Afghanistan); Member: Ms. Zulaikha H Didi (Maldives).
It has also been decided to hold the following South Asian Championships.
1. South Asian Track Championship 2021 in India
2. South Asian Road Championship 2021 in Pakistan
3. South Asian MTB Championship 2022 in Nepal.
The ACC Annual General Meeting elected Osama Ahmad Abdullah Alshafar of the UAE as the President for four years (2021-25). The other management committee members elected are from Taipei, China, Iran, Japan, Korea, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia 2, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Mr. Onkar Singh of India will continue as the secretary general of ACC for 2021-25.