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President Paul Kagame has received the President of the International Cycling Union (UCI), David Lappartient who is in Rwanda to attend Tour du Rwanda 2021, Rwanda’s Presidency has revealed via Twitter handle.
UCI is the world governing body of cycling.
David Lappartient is among dignitaries that attended Tour du Rwanda 2021 presided over the launch of the tournament on Sunday 2nd May 2021 where Colombian, Brayan Sanchez won the first stage.
Topics of discussions have not been revealed but Kagame receives Lappartient at a time when Rwanda is competing with Morocco to host the 2025 UCI Road World Championships.
As the race kicked off, Lappartient commended preparations of this year’s edition running from 2nd to 9th May 2021.
Tour du Rwanda 2021 was initially scheduled in February 2021 but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
David Lappartient came to Rwanda with UCI technical team that will assess Rwanda’s capacity to host 2025 UCI Road World Championships.
Rwanda submitted a bid for the races in September 2019 after the UCI invited bids from African nations, with Morocco also bidding. If either nation wins the hosting rights it would mark the first time the continent would host the Worlds, and only the 11th time a nation outside of Europe has done so.
David Lappartient also visited Rwanda in 2018 attending Tour du Rwanda. At the time he visited Kigali Genocide Memorial and Musanze Cycling Club.