ISLAMABAD (APP) - Six Pakistani bikers will take part in the Tour de Taftan International Junior Cycle Race scheduled to be held in Iran in early April this year. This international junior cycle race was earlier scheduled for March 1-7. The organisers have now informed the Pakistan Cycling Federation that the event has been rescheduled to new dates of April 5-10. Though PCF have yet formally to name its competitors for the race, it was reliably learnt that the following seven, with six to be finally selected, have high hopes of making the trip to Iran:Zeeshan Haider, Muhammad Ali Butt, Waqas Ahmed (all from Punjab), Zamir and Abdul Basir (Balochistan), Sameer (Sindh) and Sajid Khan (Pakistan Army). These youngsters caught the eye of the selectors and officials of PCF alike with outstanding performance during the recent National Junior Cycling Championship. With the new dates of Tour de Taftan, this bunch of seven has the chance of further underlining their skills in the main National Cycling Championship to be held at Lahore from March 24-28. The PCF officials are not ruling out the possibility of one or two talented players cropping up during the upcoming cycling nationals and thus staking a claim for a berth in the Taftan-bound squad. The probable bikers for the Tour de Taftan are training at the old Velodrome in Lahore which will be repaired before the national championship. Work is still awaited to start on a brand new Velodrome in Lahore though Rs 50 million worth of funds have already been approved for the project, it was reliably learnt. Besides the new cycling Velodrome in Lahore, there are proposals to build similar Velodromes in Karachi and NWFP also.