As the nationwide 42 day lockdown instituted by Government of Uganda to curb the spread of Covid-19 continues to bite, Motocross and sports in general is no exceptional.
Uganda was set to host continental motocross championship next month but organisers are instead calling for a postponement of the event.
The all Nations African championship round (Mxoan)was slated for August 6th-8th,2021 at Victoria Raceway Park at Garuga.
As per the last presidential directives, the current lockdown ends on 30th July, just a week to the event. There could even be a possibility of a further extension of the restrictions something that has worried the organisers.
Therefore, they have requested the continental governing body, FIM Africa to postpone the event for at least three months as the coronavirus wave settles down.
“We’re consulting with FIM Africa on the new date that will be pronounced,” said Kisitu Mayanja, FMU vice president Motorcycling.
Mayanja who also doubles as the local jury member to the African commission explained that, its unfortunate that even sponsors are still on the fence with none coming out openly as they target numbers at such big events.
“As a technical arm of the Federation we have played our part,only waiting for FIM to clear us,” further explained Mayanja.
Amongst other things awaiting clearance from FIM ,is the rule interpretation involved in the extension of the event. FIM rule states, that the continental event shall be held in the month of July or August every year.
The East African country was meant to host the event in 2020 but this didn’t happen as a virus that could later turn into a global pandemic broke out. This led to a lockdown for almost all countries in the world.
The pandemic has continued to affect sport calendars all around the globe.
Meanwhile, in a bid to keep fit and competitive Semka Racing Academy has fielded a team of four riders joined by two Uganda Lodges-sponsored riders Kylan and Zion in the weekend sixth round of the kenyan national motocross championship.
The two-day event is set to be held at Jamhuri Park, located in the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.
Amongst the Ugandan riders taking part, are the katende brothers Miguel and Jonathan, Wekesa brothers Kylan and Zion, Jerome Mubiru and Filbert Muwonge son to two-time National rally champion, Susan ‘superlady’ Muwonge.
The Lato Milk-sponsored Katende Brothers will be battling Kenyan creme dela creme in the Junior classes of mx 65 and 50cc respectively.
Kylan Wekesa who will be riding on Honda250 model 2020 will compete as guest rider in the combined mx1and mx2,as his little brother Zion will be riding on KTM65 competing in Mx65Cc class.
Mubiru and Muwonge will be competing in Mx50.
In their last outing in round5, Miguel won Mx65 and Jonathan was 2nd.
The competition has been used by their kenyan counterparts as a bench mark in the 65 and 50cc classes.