Cycling: Emadi named in British team for World Championships
KIAN Emadi has been selected in the Great Britain squad for this month's cycling World Championships.
The 20-year-old, from Penkhull, will join Olympic gold medalists Jason Kenny, Phil Hindes, Ed Clancy, Steve Burke, Dani King and Laura Trott in Minsk, Belarus, from February 20 to 24.
The former St Joseph's College student will race in the 1km time trial and could also appear in the men's individual sprint.
He is also battling with Matt Crampton to take Sir Chris Hoy's third-man position in a team sprint trio expected to challenge for a podium place.
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British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford, however, insisted the focus is on preparing a squad to excel at the next Olympics at Rio in 2016, rather than totting up a large medal count.
He said: "The first year of an Olympic cycle is always an interesting one as it gives the opportunity for our young riders to compete alongside the world's best and experience the competitive environment which is crucial for their development.
"With that in mind, the focus for the team is to perform to the best of their ability as the route to Rio firmly begins."