THE National Cycling federation (Ferwacy) will need Rwf50m to organize the 3rd edition of Kwita Izina cycling challenge slated to run from June 11-12.
The Executive Secretary in the Cycling federation Emmanuel Murenzi told Times Sport that this year’s budget more than doubled because the competition had been incorporated onto the UCI (International Cycling Union) calendar.
“Last year, we used Rwf19m but since we expect more cyclists this year, the budget has gone up,” Murenzi said.
So far, ten teams from Rwanda, Kenya, Eritrea, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi have confirmed participation.
Abraham Ruhumuriza won last year’s event but faces stiffer competition this year from South African based Adrien Niyonshuti among others. Niyonshuti is expected to jet in May 29.
Rwanda will field four teams in the two-day event were Eritrea have been dubbed favorites.
Last year, Eritrea dominated the Tour of Rwanda and African Cycling Championship after occupying the top three slots in both competitions.