Rwanda eyeing bid for UCI Road World Championships
Rwanda could bid to host cycling’s UCI Road World Championships in the near future, according to Aimable Bayingana, president of the African country’s national federation.
The championships have never been staged in Africa and indeed have only been held outside of Europe on a handful of occasions.
In an interview with Rwanda’s New Times, Bayingana, who was recently re-elected to serve a third four-year term, outlined his ambitions.
He said: “One of my main targets in the 2018-2021 term is to bid for the World Championships. We already have support from the UCI and the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) and we hope when we finally bid, we will get it and bring the cycling world to Rwanda.
“The world championships convenes over 20,000 people and at times the number can double or triple up. We are not ready to host the event this year or the next one but we will definitely soon be. We are considering to bid for the 2025 World Championships.”
The UCI is yet to award hosting rights to the 2020 edition of the Road World Championships despite a claim from Italian region Veneto last month that it had been chosen.
At the time, the UCI said that a rival bid from Drenthe and Groningen in the Netherlands had emerged to challenge the Italian bid.
Veneto 2020 claimed that the event was awarded to the region by the UCI management committee at last year’s World Championships in Bergen, Norway. However, while acknowledging that the original intention had been to award the event on that occasion, the UCI has denied doing so.
This year’s Road World Championships are taking place in Innsbruck, Austria from 23 to 30 September.