David Matovu during a previous local event Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

2017 Tour Meles Zenawi Championship:

  • 29th August – 2nd September 2017
  • At Ethiopia
[/media-credit] David Matovu during a previous local event Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Uganda Cycling Federation will be represented by 6 cyclists as the Tour Meles Zenewi gets underway in the mountainous horn of Africa nation, Ethiopia on Monday.

Veteran David Matovu of Tropical Heat cycling club will lead the cast of six Ugandan cyclists for the five day event.

Other cyclists are; David Mwebesa (Trans-Africa Cycling Club-Mbarara), Alloysious Ssekajugo (Super Cycling Club), Kato Paul Tekiryamunako (Masaka Cycling Club), Azizi Ssempijja (Super Cycling Club) and Peter Waswa of Masaka Cycling Club.

[/media-credit] State minister of Youth and Children affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (second from right) flagged off the cyclists Credit: Fredrick Kalyango

The cyclists were officially flagged off at Land Star Hotel in Makindye, Kampala by the State Minister for Youth and Children’s affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

Tour Meles Zenawi is part of UCI Africa Tour in category 2.2.

It is named ‘Tour Meles Zenawi for Green Development’ for commemorating the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was known for his intelligent leadership and dedication for green development locally and internationally.

20 teams from 19 countries will participate, two teams coming from the host country.

This is the first time Uganda is participating in this event and the federation is happy to take a full team.

According to Fredrick Kalyango, the mouth piece of the Uganda Cycling Federation, this will be the 9th activity for Uganda cycling federation in a space of 8 months.

The Uganda Cycling Federation has previously had the national team qualifier race in Kalagi, the Women’s day race in Nakasongola, the Juniors race on Mityana road, Kabaka’s Birthday race on Mityana road, Labor day race on Mityana Road, National championship in Masaka, Kabaka’s Coronation race in Mubende and the East African tour which is still going on.

Cycling Federations of Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia all confirmed.

The event starts on Monday on 28th August till 2nd September 2017.

Traveling Contingent:

  • Mathius Lukwago   (President)
  • Fred Maiso (Acting General Secretary)
  • Frank Buyondo (Technical Director)
  • Leonard Mwebesa (Trans-Africa Cycling Club-Mbarara).
  • David Matovu (Tropical Heat Cycling Club).
  • Alloysius Ssekajugo  (Super Cycling Club).
  • Kato Paul Tekiryamunako      (Masaka Cycling Club).
  • Azizi Ssempijja (Super Cycling Club)
  • Peter Waswa (Masaka Cycling Club)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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