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CYCLE SPEEDWAY: Stars getting on their bikes; COVENTRY HOST 'THE BIG ONE'.

Byline: WAYNE CAMPBELL

THE stars of Cycle Speedway gather in Coventry this Thursday for the biggest ever meeting to be staged in the city in the history of the sport.

The International Fours, sponsored by Earlsdon based Albany Cycles, will take place at Hearsall Common opposite the fun fair site, starting at 7.15pm.

Featuring Newport of Wales, Scotia of Edinburgh, Scotland, Polish league champions Rawicz and hosts Coventry Devlins Newsagents, it will be one of the biggest international sports event in the city this year.

A large crowd is anticipated and Coventry Club Chairman Gary Pointer said: "Spectators will enjoy a fantastic free night of international competition and family entertainment."

Internationally reknown marching band, the Coventry Corp of Drums, will provide the pre-match entertainment.

Coventry Lord Mayor, Cllr Ken Taylor, will be in attendance to welcome the international riders prior to racing amid a fanfare of noise, colour and excitement.

An added attraction will be three celebrity cycle speedway races featuring Coventry Bees speedway stars Billy Janniro, Stewart Robson and Ryan Fisher.

Coventry Bees team manager Colin Pratt, a former cycle speedway star 40 years ago, will also be on hand to "coach" the Bees riders.

And to round off a tremendous evening riders and officials are to gather at the Coventry Community Polish Club, in Challenge Close, Foleshill, from 9pm for an after match reception including speaches and presentations.

Coventry's 200 strong Polish Community are fully supporting the event. Many of them are are attending the racing, before providing hospitality to the visiting Rawicz team.

Coventry Polish Community Club Chairman Mietek Krol said: "We are delighted the Coventry Cycle Speedway club are providing us with this opportunity to welcome to Coventry international riders from our former home land. This event has generated much excitement among our community."

Polish giants Rawicz and hosts Coventry are expected to be pace setters. Country team manager Steve Bromwich parades his strongest side.

Further information on the Albany International Fours on 07880 764026.

Coventry's glorious run in the British Team Championship ended last Sunday at the quarter-final stage, losing 98-78 at home to Premier League champions Wednesfield Aces.

In a bruising encounter, Coventry were on the receiving end of several dubious decisions made by the neutrally appointed British Cycling Referee.

Ex-world champion Ray Oliver topped the Coventry chart with an outstanding 14-point haul.

Coventry warm up for this Thursday's International by entertaining Birmingham in the British League at Hearsall Common tomorrow (3pm).
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jul 13, 2002
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