Swiss based BMX racing sensation Manqoba Madida believes the South African team chosen to compete at the UCI BMX World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, next month has what it takes to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Madida has been chosen amongst fellow elite riders Dylan Eggar and Alex Limberg and believes the team will have a chance to prove that they can be selected for Team South Africa come next year.

Cycling SA’s BMX Commission is hoping to receive more world numbers this year as there will be a few young riders attending the championship event, but the challenge will be tough with a massive anticipated 3000 riders in Europe for this race.

Madida has been based in Aigle, Switzerland after receiving an invitation to camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC). Madida has been training at the world class facility under the best coaches coupled with the latest sporting innovation at his disposal. The 20-year-old shares his experiences.

For now, Madida says he will keep the focus with the upcoming World Championships and do everything he can to make South Africa proud. – Report by Jeff Lupuwana