POSTED: June 20th 2013

Medellin selected to host 2016 BMX World Championships

Mariana Pajon of Colombia sprints ahead of her competition to take Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games / Medellin 2018
Mariana Pajon of Colombia sprints ahead of her competition to take Olympic Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games / Medellin 2018

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Cycling Union has selected Medellin, currently bidding to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to host the BMX World Championships in 2016.

Since hosting the 2010 South American Games, Colombia has also hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011 and will host the World Games in Cali and the World Cup of Archery in Medellin this year, with the FIFA Futsal World Cup on the horizon for 2016.

“We’re delighted that Medellin, the ‘City of the Eternal Spring’ in the Andes Mountains, will be our host city in 2016 for the UCI BMX World Championships,” UCI President Pat McQuaid said. “The event will take place on a brand new track built in the city’s existing cycling complex.”

The selection of Medellin as host city for the BMX World Championships strengthens the city’s credentials to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, with Glasgow and Buenos Aires also bidding to host. With Mariana Pajon winning the women’s gold medal and Carlos Oquendo taking the bronze in the men’s competition at the 2012 London Olympics, BMX’s popularity in Colombia has increased.

A new, state-of-the-art BMX venue is being completed in Medellin’s existing Parque de las Ruedas cycling complex, and would be the only permanent venue needed should Medellin be awarded hosting rights for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. The Medellin 2018 bid has been strengthened by the modern venues constructed for the 2010 South American Games.

“I am so excited as this is more good news for our country and another dream come true,” Pajon said. “The world continues to realise that Medellin has a deep experience in organising sport competition and that it’s a safe and attractive location to bring events. The Youth Olympic Games would be an ideal next step for the city, and truly would be the perfect fit for Medellin.”

The BMX World Championships, with more than 90 participating countries and 500 athletes, represents the final stage of the global qualifying process for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Keywords · BMX World Championships · International Cycling Union · Medellin · Colombia · Medellin 2018 · Olympics · Youth Olympic Games · FIFA ·

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