Bonga Ngqobana has been appointed a national mountain bike commissaire, Cycling South Africa has announced.
The 28-year-old, who is the founder and managing director of the Bonga Cycling Academy and assistant manager of the Sampada Cycling team, said this new role meant a lot to him.
“It’s a great honour for me to be appointed as a national commissaire after serving as a provincial commissaire for merely three years.
“This has proven that I’m committed to the sport and to making sure that rules and regulations are adhered to by all parties, from riders to managers and commissaires themselves.”
Ngqobana added that he was passionate about mountain biking and strongly believed that for it to be in good hands it required people like him, who fully understand the sport and not just the rules and regulations, to step forward.
“My biggest goals are to make sure everyone adheres to rules and regulations and to ensure everyone is treated fairly and rules are applied equally.”
He added that he would like to see more young people making similar strides and becoming officials.
“This will also help the sport administration to transform, slowly but surely.
“I’m not happy to be the only young black commissaire, but this is slowly showing that there is some change.”
Ngqobana said there were so many talented young riders out there and it was his dream to see them excel in the sport and become professionals.
“All of this can be influenced in many ways.
“As administrators and officials in the sport we make sure that all rules are applied so that our riders, when they get to international level, know the rules and regulations.”