By Duncan Mackay

This 2015 Para-cycling Track World Championships are due to open in Apeldoorn on Thursday ©Apeldoorn 2015Britain's double Paralympic gold medallist Jody Cundy has praised the International Cycling Union (UCI) for trying to promote Para-cycling following the embarrassment last year of missing the deadline to submit an application to be part of the programme for Tokyo 2020 but warned much more still needs to be done. 

Cundy, whose foot was amputated when he was three, was the most prominent critic of the UCI after it was revealed last October it was in danger of not being included at Tokyo 2020 because it did not get the necessary paperwork to the International Paralympic Committee on time.

"How as riders can we have faith in the UCI, when they can't even submit an application to be in the Tokyo2020 Paralympics on time. #shocking," wrote Cundy, who won two track golds at Beijing 2008, on Twitter.

The UCI has since been included on the programme for Tokyo 2020 and Cundy has claimed he can see some signs of progess that the UCI are taking Para-cycling seriously.

"There are some encouraging signs from the UCI that they are doing more work on the sport, but it will still take six to 12 months to bear fruit," he told the BBC on the eve of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, which are due to open tomorrow at the Velodrome Omnisport in Apeldoorn.

"They recently set up a Para-cycling Twitter account,  which doesn't sound like much, but it means someone will actually be tweeting about the sport."

The UCI have launched a dedicated Twitter page for Para-cycling ©TwitterThe UCI have launched a dedicated Twitter page for Para-cycling ©Twitter

But Cundy, winner of nine gold medals at the World Championships since making the switch from swimming after the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, still wants the UCI to take Para-cycling more seriously. 

"At the moment it still feels like it is at the bottom of the UCI's list of things to do and it still needs to move up a few rungs to become the sport we want it to be and get more people involved," he said.

In total, 161 participants from 30 different countries are due to compete in the four-day Championships in the Dutch city, representing a major step in the qualification process for Rio 2016.

Live action will be available on the UCI YouTube channel on Sunday (March 29). 

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