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The UCI announced on Thursday that Kigali had been selected to host the cycling world championships in 2025. Rwanda will therefore have the honor of being the first African country to organize the event.
The pinnacle of world cycling should not be bored in the land of a thousand hills. The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Thursday 23 September that Rwanda and its capital Kigali would host in 2025 the world cycling championships. This will be a first for the African continent.
The decision was formalized at a meeting on the sidelines of the worlds in Belgium that take place this week.
#rᴡᴀɴᴅᴀ (Kɪɢᴀʟɪ) ᴡɪʟʟ ʜᴏsᴛ UCI Rᴏᴀᴅ Wᴏʀʟᴅ Cʏᴄʟɪɴɢ Cʜᴀᴍᴘɪᴏɴsʜɪᴘs 2025.
– Rwanda Cycling Federation # Rwanda2025 (@cyclingrwanda) September 23, 2021
For a decade, Rwanda has gradually become a cycling land, driven by the success of the Tour du Rwanda, which has since 2009 become a date of the UCI Africa Tour. It regularly hosts World Tour teams, seduced by this February stage race.
“This is obviously a pride for us, but also because cycling is the fastest growing sport in Rwanda. So it gives us legitimacy to organize this kind of event, not only at the continent level but also at the global level. Cycling, with the Tour of Rwanda which has grown well in recent years, contributes to the economy of our country because it generates interest that goes beyond our borders, ” explained President Paul Kagame in May 2021 to the Team, on the occasion of a Tour of Rwanda unusually moved in May because of the pandemic.
The organization of a world cup in Africa was one of the promises of David Lappartient when he was elected head of the UCI in 2017. Promise kept therefore.