Missing African Games hurts Chipongo

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top cyclist, Bright Chipongo is disappointed to miss out on the African Games for the second time in a row.

Chipongo is currently racing in the United States after receiving a Category One (Cat 1) licence and is now part of the California-based Team Mike’s Bikes.

The Harare Cycling Club rider had hoped to make his US stint count ahead of the 2015 African Games set for September in Congo-Brazzaville but did not make the cut despite being one of the country’s top road racers.

“It’s disappointing to say the least,” Chipongo told the Daily News from the US yesterday.

“I’m getting fade up with this Cycling Zimbabwe thing. I don’t know why they have to keep on frustrating me when its’ clear for all to see that I’m the top road cyclist in the country at the moment.

“They did the same last year, when they left me out of the team for the All Africa Championships despite holding the national champion title and had amassed vital qualification points by competing in competitive Botswana races.”

Chipongo said he had since stopped taking part in the national competitions alleging Cycling Zimbabwe did not conform to the international cycling standards.

“I last entered the nationals in 2013 but took a sabbatical because they were not confirming with the official international cycling union rules and regulations,” he said.

“I however, did win races in Botswana and some local as well. In my view the games require the best riders.

“For instance, I do not have any points in Zimbabwe but I’m racing here at a higher level. Just to give Coventry as an example, she never took part in local swimming but made headlines at the international level.”

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