Join this E-Pathshala at the comfort of your home to gain knowledge, master the concepts of cycling, engage with the experts and spot opportunities that could scale up your career.
The Covid-19 pandemic has halted outdoor activity and sports industry has taken a massive hit. To address the current situation, Cycling Federation of India (CFI) in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI) has launch a National level online education programme called ‘E-Pathshala’.
Kehlo India E-pathshala programme is meant for the common folks, amateur and professional cyclists, coaches, sports and fitness nutritionist, marketers, researchers, students and for all those who are planning to build a career in cycling.
E-Pathshala was inaugurated yesterday by Shri Kiren Rijiju, Honourable Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. He launched the program via a webinar, that received a phenomenal response from across the country. More than 1500 guests attended the inaugural session.
The e-pathshala programme will be held through a webinar and social media, from Monday to Friday between 11 am to 12 pm for a month.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kiren Rijiju advised “There is a need for changing the crises into opportunity prevailing due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Emphasizing on the importance of ‘Cycling’ in our daily lives, he reiterated the vision of Honourable Prime Minister of India for a FIT healthy India through such programmes”.
“The Sports Minister applauded the efforts of the SAI and CFI for their continued efforts in bringing cycling as a ‘Sport’ to the world level. He hoped with this joint efforts of CFI and SAI would surely get better results, and with growing cyclists at the grass root level it would nurture talent and bring forth future champions.”
Impact of lockdown on Sports:
The lockdown has rendered the sports industry and the athletes in a dilemma with an uncertainty on how things are going to pan out in the future. The unending crises has resulted in mental depression, economic challenges, derailed career ambitions and forced many towards a lethargic routine.
The E-Pathshala will help in motivating the sports fraternity and keep them engaged in productive activity till the situation normalizes. It will also enable participants to renew their approach, rework their strategy, polish their plans and boost their energy to stay on course.
Creating a Sporting Eco-System:
In an earlier press release, the Sports Ministry has made clear intentions to set-up 1000 district level Khelo-India centers to engage past champions in sports training. Kiren Rijiju stated “To make India a sporting super-power, we have to ensure that sports becomes a viable career option for youngsters”.
Training will be imparted at the Khelo India Centres in 14 Identified Sports for Excellence in Olympics (ISEO) including archery, athletics, boxing, badminton, cycling, fencing, hockey, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling. Football and traditional sports have also been included.
Topics to Be Covered in E-Pathshala:
The E-pathshala will cover a variety of topics such as Introduction to Race Cycling and Position Setting, Strength Training with own Body Weight, Gear selection and introduction of Team Training, Participation in a Race and its preparation, Power Training on Bike with appropriate Gear, Cycling Velodrome and introduction with Track Equipment, Team and Event specific Training on Velodrome and will take-up many more specific subjects.
Views and comments made by CFI officials in the 1st session:
Shri Parminder Singh Dhindsa, President, Cycling Federation of India complemented the Hounourable Minister Kiran Rijiju and sports Authority of India for supporting CFI in bringing India cycling to the level, where it has reached today.
The Director General, Sports Authority of India, Shri Sandip Pradhan, IRS, said “I complement CFI for this very knowledgeable venture, which really is the need of the hour in reaching out to the grass root level and support the cycling fraternity in this difficult period of Covid-19. SAI and CFI partnership in various programmes has converted Cycling Academies into a successful venture and is an example and template for other sports. I assure all the participants of the support of SAI in developing the sports infrastructure and sports culture in general and cycling in particular”.
Shri Onkar Singh, Secretary General, Asian Cycling Confideration and Chairman, Cycling federation of India briefed the participants on the journey of Indian Cycling, and the various programmes in association with Sports Authority of India have been game changers like ‘World Cycling Centres’ and ‘National Centre of Excellence’.
While Shri Maninder Pal Singh, Secretary General, CFI thanked the Honourable Guests and explained the programmes of the Federation and how the team of coaches, which are now one of the best in the World, have prepared the programmes for helping the budding cyclists to attain the level of competition worthy of World Standards.
Cycling Federation of India has earned a lot of compliments and positive reactions for its E-Pathshala initiative, I gathered a few responses from the Industry veterans.
“The CFI initiaitive to run a structured training program is wonderful news for cyclists, looking to improve their cycling skill-sets and endurance capabilities. I am sure that this will help the younger generation of cyclists who are looking to train for racing and riding in professional events as well. Such training’s will prove beneficial for amateurs as well to improve their techniques and correct mistakes and help them to ride faster and longer”. – Chetan Shah, President Mumbai Cycling Enthusiasts.
“This is a great initiative indeed to reach budding cycling talent across cities, villages, and mofussil areas of India, wherein aspirants will get online sessions on cycling tips from leading cycling coaches who will guide all beginners and intermediate folks to achieve greater heights in their personal cycling aspirations. Wishing them all the very best to catapult India ahead on Global Cycling map vis a vis competitive, leisure, and cycle to work initiatives for all folklore!” – Anand Thakar from Pune, is an E- Learning expert, Guest Lecturer in Engg. Colleges, and a long distance cyclist, who is also keen to spread spark of restarting cycling for all age groups. He shared his immense happiness on CFI initiative of online cycling coaching via E-Pathshala!
“I am glad that for the 1st time Cycling Federation of India is taken this new initiative called E-Pathshala under Khelo India. It is the need of the hour to go Virtual due to this pandemic situation and it will benefit all the youngsters who are aspiring to start their career in Cycle Racing Championships and a great chance to showcase their talent. The sessions are conducted by highly experienced coaches like R.K. Sharma Ji, Maxwell Sir and the topics that are being covered will be very useful for new comers”.
“I wish my luck to all youngsters (India’s Future) and would request their parents to support them to achieve their goals and dreams”. – Chirag Shah, Admin Wheels & Barrels, Founder Member ‘Mein Chalaungi’, Mumbai.
“A very encouraging step by national govt. in setting up this online coaching and education programme for grass root-level athletes in the time of this unforseen and unprecedented crisis- shall be of immense help if reach out to them in the way it has been envisaged. Hope local govt. and authorities spread the word across for its wide spread reach!” – Yougal Tak, Bicycle Mayor of Udaipur.
Cover image source: UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 15/08/19 – Cycling – UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships – Frankfurt (Oder), Germany – Esow of India during the Men’s Keirin first round. — in Frankfurt, Germany.
Source: Cycling Federation of India, edited by Vijay Malhotra