New Delhi: International Cycling Union (UCI) is willing to bring big events such as World Cup and Word tour race to India, provided the government and other stakeholders assure them a hassle-free organisation and proper maintenance of the infrastructure.
UCI President Pat McQuaid said they were keen to tap a big India market but the country would have to convince the world body that it can put the facilities to their best use for getting the hosting rights for Asian Cup and World Cup.
"India is a big market. UCI is very interested in developing cycling in India both road and track cycling. UCI would love to have a world tour race here. If the government and sponsors are interested in assisting the organising of world tour race we would be very keen to speak to them (Cycling federation of India)," McQuaid said.
The 63-year-old Irish, however, was displeased about the fact that a world class track like the IG stadium velodrome was not properly utilised since the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
"It's an excellent track and one of the best in Asia . This was built for the CWG. But, it hasn’t had much of use since then, which is unfortunate. It can be brought back to that level. It just needs smarting up a little bit," he told reporters on the sidelines of Asian Cycling championships.
"I believe the situation would change now as the federation has taken over," he said.
Asked about the talks of setting up an UCI approved cycling training centre at the velodrome here, he said that body would require commitment from the government, funds and support while the UCI can provide technical expertise.