Balkan championship 2013
BCU President in UCI
Visit to Bulgaria
"Plovdiv built cycling track with 8000 seats, which can accept events of the highest caliber and provide excellent opportunities for joint training of all riders from the Balkan region, informed Neykov. - I work really well with the leadership of our Federation and for me it is very important for our country to be represented in various committees of the European headquarters."
Emin Muftuoglu agreed that the geographical location of Plovdiv is extremely favorable for the formation of the Balkan Center. The guest expressed his satisfaction in the interaction with the Bulgarian Federation President and in the person to Peter Bonchev and his deputy Nikolay Kolev, who is also vice president of the Balkan Cycling Union.
"I see that Bulgaria has a very positive attitude to our sport. We cooperate well and Turkish cyclists prepare in Plovdiv for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016"said Muftuoglu.
Minister Neykov and his guest exchanged plaques as a sign of good cooperation.
BCU Congress in Belgrade, Serbia
BCU Congress was held on February 2, 2013. in Belgrade, Serbia, at Jat Catering premises, with whose support congress was successful. The Congress was attended by the delegates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey, while Slovenia had observers. Special guest was the Italian sports official Enrico Della Casa.
Congress was chaired by BCU President, Emin Müftüoğlu, assisted by two Vice presidents, Mr. Nakis Michailides and Mr. Nikolai Kolev.
The Congress elected a new vice president of BCU, Mr. Panagiotis Pristouris, that in the future will be in charge of the track, and a new member of the Technical Committee, Mr. Vladimiros Petsas.
- Championships of the Balkans in the road race and MTB ffor elite will be open to riders from other countries - said Müftüoğlu. - It will be in the calendar of UCI and points will be given for the rankings so we expect for it to toughen the competition.
Participants and guests were welcomed by the President of the Cycling Federation of Serbia, Mr. Dragan Dostanic, who is also chairman of the Technical Commission of BCU. He informed the delegates about the conclusions of the meeting of the Technical Commission held on the eve before the Congress:
- Balkan Championships in road cycling in the future will be organized especially for the elite and up to 23, and especially for younger categories - Dostanic said. - We wanted to reduce the costs of hosting, because it is very expensive to organize Balkan Championship for all categories. Concerning MTB, we will continue to organize Balkan championship for all categories, because the organization is easier and cheaper. With the Hellenic Cycling Federatio we will agree about the championships on the track, but we have to make efforts to gain participation of at least five countries so they would have and effect.
Dostanic particularly pointed out that BCU doesn't only have organize Balkan Championships, but has a mission to develop cycling too:
- A new Olympic discipline BMX needs a lot of investment in the construction of the track and we have to agree and to help each other. It is especially important to apply to the International Cycling Union and the European Cycling Confederation, with good programs and projects and seek funding for construction of such facilities-Dostanic said.
Vladimiros Petsas, a delegate of Hellenic Cycling Federation called on all countries to use the track for BMX on Crete in Heraklion.
- The plan to organize a training camp in Turkey from March 23 to 29, in Turkey for BMX, for all Member States of BCU - said Mr. Emin Müftüoğlu, BCU president and president of the Federation of Turkey
- We have to work more on the creation of young drivers, so a camp is planned this year for the younger categories who will be led by experienced professionals.
We are left with the difficult task to provide better, bigger budget of BCU, with more stable funding which would be used primarily for the development of cycling at the Balkans.
Congress participants visited the Museum of Aviation in Belgrade.
Meeting with Hellenic Cycling Federation
A Meeting of support and development of cycling sport with representatives of Hellenic Cycling Federation and Balkan Cycling Union was held on January 18, 2013 in Athens, Greece.
President of Hellenic Cycling Federation, Mr. Athanasios Terzis, Treasurer Mr. Panagiotis Pristouris and Director Mr. Vladimiros Petsas met with the President of Balkan Cycling Union, Mr. Emin Muftuoglu, General Secretary of Balkan Cycling Union, Mr. Marko Procikevic and coach in Road cycling of Turkish team, Mr. Suat Torgay.
The meeting was held with the objective of strengthening the cooperation between BCU members and the Union itself, and this represents first in the row of the meetings planned to be held in the following period.
The positive experiences have been exchanged and the delegations agreed that the implemented intensified cooperation in BCU will help develop cycling at the Balkans.