Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

August 14, 2007 15:50 ET

Kingston BMX Track to Host Pre-Olympic Qualifying Race

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) -

ATTENTION: SPORTS EDITORS

Five hundred of the world's top BMX riders will be in Kingston, Aug. 25-26, to take part in pre-Olympic qualifying races to determine which athletes will compete in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

The "Kingston Great Lakes International" qualifying race is scheduled for Peter Brierley Memorial BMX Track at Woodbine Park. Points earned by riders at the weekend event will go towards selecting participants for next year's Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected BMX racing as a demonstration event for the Beijing Games one year from now.

Kingston was selected as host city for the event by the Canadian Cycling Association.

"This is a phenomenal announcement that secures Kingston's reputation as Eastern Canada's premiere site for BMX racing," said Todd Harper, president of Kingston BMX and chief organizer of the event.

Harper paid tribute to the provincial cycling association and the Kingston Economic Development Corp., for their work in securing Kingston's selection.

He also said Kingston's bid would not have been successful without the support of dozens of local BMX racing volunteers.

The choice of Kingston will be a boost to tourism, Harper said. Hundreds of riders and their families from across North America are expected to attend. "This will be a wonderful opportunity for Kingston and vicinity to display the historic sites, services and local charm we are so well known for."

The Kingston International will be the first Olympic points race held in Canada for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and it will mark the first time since 2002 that a UCI BMX race has been hosted in Ontario.

For more details, please visit: www.kingstonbmx.com

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