Amina Lanaya, Director General of the Union Cycling International (UCI) is in Rwanda, where she is expected, among other things, to examine if the country is ready to host the 2025 UCI Road World Championship.
Last year, Rwanda and Morocco submitted their bids to host the Championships.
Lanaya, was spotted in the Norther Province on Saturday where she visited Africa Rising Academy, a center in Northern Province known as Rwandan Cycling heartbeat.
“Very pleased to be in Rwanda to discuss cycling development in line with Rwanda’s candidature for the 2025 UCI Road World Championships,” she said.
While there, she held a meeting with President of the cycling federation, Abdallah Murenzi and Governor of the Northern Province JMV Gatabazi.
“Amazing to see how the town of Kigali and the Musanze District in Rwanda has embraced cycling. The whole nation has a great passion for our sport,” she said.
She later held meetings with the Minister of Sports, Aurore Mimosa and Mayor of Kigali, Pudence Rubangisa, “for a productive set of talks.”Her visit coincides with this year’s Tour du Rwanda.
If Rwanda wins to host the global tournament, it will be the first African country to host a UCI cycling tournament since its inception in 1921.In September 2019, former Cycling Federation (FERWACY) President, Aimable Bayingana and John Ntigengwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Culture met with UCI President, David Lappartient, in Switzerland after officially submitting the bid to host this UCI World Tournament.
It was not the first time UCI President met with Rwandan officials, because he has also been to Rwanda several times, and sources say that he has given his support to bringing the World Championship in Africa.
Meanwhile Tour du Rwanda has been upgraded from 2.2 to 2.1, a confirmation that the sport is gradually developing to a global standard.
This year’s UCI tournament will be hosted in Switzerland, and 2021 in Belgium, 2022 in Australia, 2023 in United Kingdom and Zurich in 2024.