first_imgKorea, Hong Kong and Malaysia are the strongest teams and Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia are the strongest teams and they were the top three finishers at the last edition in 2013. Among the top competitors in the championship are Awang Mohd. Azizulhasni of Malaysia who won a bronze in the Keirin race in Rio Olympics and Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong who bagged a bronze in the womens Kerin event in 2012 London Olympics. The event will also serve as the qualifying competition for the World Championships qualifiers. Points gained by the cyclists in this event will be added to their rankings, which will be counted in the qualification cut-off for the UCI World Track Championships to be held in Hong Kong from April 12-16. UCI President Brian Cookson will be here during the championship and he will be the guest of honour on February 9 and 10. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony on February 6 while Sports Minister Vijay Goel will grace at the closing function. Onkar said that the wooden track at the IGI Stadium velodrome affected by water leakage from rooftop during the heavy rains on January 26 is now in fine shape. He is, however, hoping that theres no rain during the championship. “The wooden track was not damaged as we had put plastic sheets on time. Its in fine shape. But I hope there is no rain during the event,” he said. PTI PDS SSC SSClast_img