LAHORE - Pakistan Cycling Federation (PCF) vice president Moazzam Ali Khan has said that the Union Cyclists International (UCI) is considering to grant a wildcard entry to a Pakistani cyclist in the next year's World Cycling Championship to be held in Qatar in October.

"Our top most cyclist will get the unique opportunity to make first ever appearance in the world premier cycling activity and we are confident the UCI will grant a wildcard to make this dream come true,” Moazzam on Tuesday.

He said the matter to grant wildcard entry to such countries whose riders didn’t have the facilities and potential to qualify for the World championship was discussed during the general council meeting of the UCI recently. Moazzam, along with PCF secretary Syed Ali Shah, represented the country in the meeting, besides witnessing the world championship in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

He said the UCI president assured the meeting that the proposal to give wildcard to countries like Pakistan would be decided soon to provide an equal opportunity to less experienced cyclists to improve the level of their game, besides getting the exceptional chance of participation alongside world's top notch in cycling.

Moazzam said on the side lines of the world championship, the Pakistani delegation had useful meetings with the officials of various national cycling federations and got positive response from them for speeding up efforts for the development of cycling in Pakistan. "The top cycling officials of Turkey promised us to send invitation to PCF on regular basis for the participation of our riders in the major national cycling events to be held there in future,” he added. "Qatar will be inviting Pakistan to take part in the cycling events being held there and we are confident with such support, we will be able to lift our cycling standards to high level eventually achieving the objective that our riders make considerable improvement in their Asian ranking,” Moazzam said.

He said Pakistani team would take part in the Asian cycling championship being held in Japan early next year.