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    500 ATHLETES FROM 47 COUNTRIES TO PARTICIPATE IN MOSCOW ROUND OF CYCLE RACING WORLD CUP

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    MOSCOW, February 11, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Sergey Kuznetsov) - Over 500 athletes from 47 countries will participate in the Moscow round of the Cycle Racing World Cup, which will be held on the racing track in Krylatskoye on February 13-15. This was disclosed by Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Sports Committee Dmitry Kotyrev at the press-conference on Wednesday.

    According to him, the leading cycling nations, such as Germany and France will send to Moscow their best racers.

    In his turn, President of the Russian Cycling Sports Federation (RCSF) Aleksander Gusyatnikov noted that only those teams, which will compete for the gold at the forthcoming Olympics in Athens, will participate at the Moscow round of the World Cup. "Not all countries will send their best racers, but at the race in Krylatskoye we are waiting for strong teams from Germany, France, Italy Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium," Gusyatnikov said.

    The RCSF President also touched upon the issue concerning the security in the light of the recent terrorist act in Moscow subway. "We have been buried, literary speaking, with faxes and telephone calls concerning this issue," Gusyatnikov said. "We have a scheduled discussion on this issue with Moscow Vice Mayor Valery Shantsev, although Moscow is ready to host this kind of event," he added.

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