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Pat McQuaid's in Minsk:
"We should have approved your World Championships application!"

2 Apr 2012

In the beginning of 2012 the capital of Belarus was visited by Pat McQuaid, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). His agenda included a visit to MFSC "Minsk-Arena" and the velodrome, on which the World Cup will be held, introduction to the manufacture and production of the Minsk Motorcycle and Bicycle Plant and meeting with the Head of State, the president of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko.

While sharing his impressions, Pat McQuaid said that the UCI highly appreciates the facilities of Belarus for holding the World Championship in cycling. One of the key factors in determining the location of World Cup-2013 was the existence of an absolutely new velodrome of the international level in Belarus. President of the UCI expressed a high opinion of what he had seen, adding that the infrastructure and the facilities of Minsk allow the Belarusian capital to qualify for holding any other international competitions.

Regarding the upcoming global sporting forum Pat McQuaid said: "Taking into account the amount of investments that you have made into the development of cycling, we had to meet your application to host the World Cup. In addition, we have heard the European confederation of cycling reviews of the European Championship held by your country, that is why I have no doubts that the upcoming tournament in 2013 will be held amazingly. "

During the meeting with the Head of the UCI, Alexander Lukashenko assured the honoured guest: "We will do our best to further improve the cycle track, making it look perfect, so that it will look like a palace, where both athletes and coaches would feel like home. And thus we will set the good mood for athletes. We will create all conditions for living and make the infrastructure ready for the event, and that means that we will hold the World Championship at the highest level without encountering any problems".

Summing up his visit to the Belarusian capital, Pat McQuaid said: "I was very pleased. Now, I am very much looking forward to the year 2013, when Minsk will be hosting the World Cup, to come here once again.

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