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  •   The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
      The Prime Minister Rev The Hon Robinah Nabbanja has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025 2026 as per the Uganda Cancer Institute UCI plan Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister s time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa on Thursday 22nd September 2022 Kumi District MP H E Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government s commitment to establish regional cancer centres Nabbanja also Leader of Government Affairs said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year AUDIO Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Equipment has been dispatched and is on site awaiting installation The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020 she said She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts respectively She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance In the meantime the UCI has started working on the start up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services said Nabbanja She added that meanwhile Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3 000 patients seen in the last financial year This has been achieved using the infrastructure equipment and human resources available she said Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment while ICU awaits funding for the project The ICU s plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern northern western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital
    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Uganda: Premier assures House on regional cancer centers

    The Prime Minister, Rev. The Hon Robinah Nabbanja, has assured Members of Parliament that the planned regional cancer treatment centers will be operational by FY 2025/2026, as per the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) plan.

    Nabbanja responded to a question posed during Prime Minister's time during the plenary session chaired by Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

    Kumi District MP H.E. Christine Apolot called on the Prime Minister to brief the House on the government's commitment to establish regional cancer centres.

    Nabbanja, also Leader of Government Affairs, said the Northern Uganda Regional Cancer Center in Gulu district is nearing completion and the site is expected to be handed over by the end of the year.

    AUDIO: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja “Equipment has been dispatched and is on site, awaiting installation.

    The regional center project in Gulu was approved by Parliament in 2020,” she said.

    She added that feasibility studies have been completed for the Eastern and Western Uganda regional cancer centers in Mbale and Mbarara districts, respectively.

    She said that the concepts of both projects were presented to the development committee of the Ministry of Finance.

    “In the meantime, the UCI has started working on the start-up structures in Mbale to have a basic service while waiting for a comprehensive project to accommodate all cancer services,” said Nabbanja.

    She added that meanwhile, Mbarara has a very active cancer care service second only to the Kampala service with over 3,000 patients seen in the last financial year.

    “This has been achieved using the infrastructure, equipment and human resources available,” she said.

    Nabbanja added that in northwestern Uganda, basic cancer prevention and early detection services have been established in Arua district with available infrastructure and equipment, while ICU awaits funding for the project.

    The ICU's plan is to establish regional cancer centers in eastern, northern, western and northwestern Uganda to address the growing burden of cancer and decongest the Uganda Cancer Institute located in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

  •  The International Cycling Union says it would establish a cycling training center in Nigeria for the development of the sport in the country Mohammed Wazzam Vice President of the UCI had this to say at the current African Track Cycling Championships in Abuja Wazzam also president of the African Cycling Confederation CAC said that Nigeria was one of the biggest cycling countries in Africa hence the need to set up UCI training centres He said that the president of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria CFN Giandomenico Massari was doing a good job for the development of cycling in Nigeria I would like to thank the Nigerian government especially the Minister for Youth Development and Sport Sunday Dare for their support of cycling in Nigeria Track cycling is one of the Olympic Games and we need to hold African championships for our athletes to qualify for the Games The African CAC Track Championship is an excellent opportunity for talented athletes from different countries to compete and share their experience he said We started in 2005 with 16 national federations but now we have 54 national federations We spoke with the president of the UCI to establish a training center in Nigeria Nigeria should be an international training hub for the West African region especially as Nigeria has the best velodrome in Africa he said Wazzam said CAC developed new strategies for this year s championships adding that the calendar had seven new events for athletes from East West South and Central Africa For his part Massari urged all participating teams to compete with sportsmanship He said the championship would help riders gain experience for more championships in the future I am happy to see the large number of participants which represents an increase of approximately 50 per cent from the previous championship held in 2019 This is very positive for African track cycling as it shows the desire for more African nations to take part in track cycling he said NAN reports that 14 countries and host Nigeria are participating in the championship The countries are Ghana Republic of Benin Republic of Niger Ivory Coast Togo Guinea Burkina Faso South Africa Botswana Burundi Morocco Egypt Tunisia Algeria and Nigeria The 2022 Africa cycling championship which kicked off on Thursday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium will end on Sunday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    International cycling union to set up training center in Nigeria
     The International Cycling Union says it would establish a cycling training center in Nigeria for the development of the sport in the country Mohammed Wazzam Vice President of the UCI had this to say at the current African Track Cycling Championships in Abuja Wazzam also president of the African Cycling Confederation CAC said that Nigeria was one of the biggest cycling countries in Africa hence the need to set up UCI training centres He said that the president of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria CFN Giandomenico Massari was doing a good job for the development of cycling in Nigeria I would like to thank the Nigerian government especially the Minister for Youth Development and Sport Sunday Dare for their support of cycling in Nigeria Track cycling is one of the Olympic Games and we need to hold African championships for our athletes to qualify for the Games The African CAC Track Championship is an excellent opportunity for talented athletes from different countries to compete and share their experience he said We started in 2005 with 16 national federations but now we have 54 national federations We spoke with the president of the UCI to establish a training center in Nigeria Nigeria should be an international training hub for the West African region especially as Nigeria has the best velodrome in Africa he said Wazzam said CAC developed new strategies for this year s championships adding that the calendar had seven new events for athletes from East West South and Central Africa For his part Massari urged all participating teams to compete with sportsmanship He said the championship would help riders gain experience for more championships in the future I am happy to see the large number of participants which represents an increase of approximately 50 per cent from the previous championship held in 2019 This is very positive for African track cycling as it shows the desire for more African nations to take part in track cycling he said NAN reports that 14 countries and host Nigeria are participating in the championship The countries are Ghana Republic of Benin Republic of Niger Ivory Coast Togo Guinea Burkina Faso South Africa Botswana Burundi Morocco Egypt Tunisia Algeria and Nigeria The 2022 Africa cycling championship which kicked off on Thursday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium will end on Sunday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    International cycling union to set up training center in Nigeria
    General news3 months ago

    International cycling union to set up training center in Nigeria

    The International Cycling Union says it would establish a cycling training center in Nigeria for the development of the sport in the country.

    Mohammed Wazzam, Vice President of the UCI, had this to say at the current African Track Cycling Championships in Abuja.

    Wazzam, also president of the African Cycling Confederation (CAC), said that Nigeria was one of the biggest cycling countries in Africa, hence the need to set up UCI training centres.

    He said that the president of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari, was doing a good job for the development of cycling in Nigeria.

    “I would like to thank the Nigerian government, especially the Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Sunday Dare, for their support of cycling in Nigeria.

    “Track cycling is one of the Olympic Games and we need to hold African championships for our athletes to qualify for the Games.

    “The African CAC Track Championship is an excellent opportunity for talented athletes from different countries to compete and share their experience,” he said.

    “We started in 2005 with 16 national federations but now we have 54 national federations.

    We spoke with the president of the UCI to establish a training center in Nigeria.

    "Nigeria should be an international training hub for the West African region, especially as Nigeria has the best velodrome in Africa," he said.

    Wazzam said CAC developed new strategies for this year's championships, adding that the calendar had seven new events for athletes from East, West, South and Central Africa.

    For his part, Massari urged all participating teams to compete with sportsmanship.

    He said the championship would help riders gain experience for more championships in the future.

    “I am happy to see the large number of participants which represents an increase of approximately 50 per cent from the previous championship held in 2019.

    “This is very positive for African track cycling as it shows the desire for more African nations to take part in track cycling,” he said.

    NAN reports that 14 countries and host Nigeria are participating in the championship.

    The countries are Ghana, Republic of Benin, Republic of Niger, Ivory Coast, Togo, Guinea, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Botswana, Burundi, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Nigeria.

    The 2022 Africa cycling championship, which kicked off on Thursday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, will end on Sunday.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA AfricaOlympic com Headquarters Abuja on 20 21 June 2022 It was a face to face session coordinated by the President of the Commission Seydina Omar Diagne who opened the deliberations Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA Hon Mustapha Berraf who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA Ing Habu Gumel who chaired the meeting Mustapha Berraf s message underlined that Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records Paris 2024 must prove it The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes our standard bearers The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders such as International Federations African Sports Confederations AASC international bodies specialized Universities have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs confederations national federations and international and continental expert groups The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC CON Cuba UCI for the 2025 World Championships FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France among others President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games Conventions are thinning ANOCA s support covers access to adequate training facilities a coach specialized in the sport in question periodic medical and scientific evaluation accident and illness insurance and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission of ANOCA The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome stressed the president of ANOCA
    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes
      The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA AfricaOlympic com Headquarters Abuja on 20 21 June 2022 It was a face to face session coordinated by the President of the Commission Seydina Omar Diagne who opened the deliberations Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA Hon Mustapha Berraf who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA Ing Habu Gumel who chaired the meeting Mustapha Berraf s message underlined that Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records Paris 2024 must prove it The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes our standard bearers The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders such as International Federations African Sports Confederations AASC international bodies specialized Universities have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs confederations national federations and international and continental expert groups The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC CON Cuba UCI for the 2025 World Championships FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France among others President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games Conventions are thinning ANOCA s support covers access to adequate training facilities a coach specialized in the sport in question periodic medical and scientific evaluation accident and illness insurance and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission of ANOCA The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome stressed the president of ANOCA
    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes
    Africa3 months ago

    Paris 2024: We will Deliver on the Promise to Support African Athletes

    The Athlete Support Program Commission for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics met at ANOCA (AfricaOlympic.com) Headquarters, Abuja, on 20-21 June 2022.

    It was a face-to-face session coordinated by the President of the Commission, Seydina Omar Diagne, who opened the deliberations. Then followed the Message from the President of ANOCA, Hon. Mustapha Berraf, who was delivered by the General Treasurer of ANOCA, Ing. Habu Gumel, who chaired the meeting.

    Mustapha Berraf's message underlined that: "Supporting the athletes is the only way to create the necessary conditions for the performances of our African representatives to break the usual records. Paris 2024 must prove it."

    The members of the Commission reviewed all aspects of the preparation of African athletes for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. The support program for athletes is based on the good use of Olympic Solidarity budgets and the effectiveness of grants from ANOCA.

    African sports leaders are urged to intensify their efforts to create the best conditions for the success and performance of athletes, our standard bearers.

    The partnerships between ANOCA and various stakeholders, such as International Federations, African Sports Confederations, AASC, international bodies, specialized Universities, have as their main objective to provide athletes and technical staff with the maximum benefit of the programs available.

    It also involves the participation of technical experts from African NOCs, confederations, national federations and international and continental expert groups.

    The ANOCA Athlete Support Program aims to provide support for the preparation and qualification of elite athletes with the potential to qualify and perform well at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

    The Commission recommends that NOCs use part of the grant for their athlete preparation and support activities.

    ANOCA has closed agreements with USOPC, CON Cuba, UCI (for the 2025 World Championships), FINA for the development and preparation of swimmers and the Marseille City Council in France, among others.

    President Mustapha Berraf has started talks with the International Judo Federation and the Executive Board of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games. Conventions are thinning.

    ANOCA's support covers access to adequate training facilities, a coach specialized in the sport in question, periodic medical and scientific evaluation, accident and illness insurance, and accommodation expenses in a recognized training center that must be previously approved by the Commission. of ANOCA.

    The Commission based the allocation process on performance criteria and sports and Olympic ethics. All the voices and recommendations of our NOCs for the development and achievement of the objectives of our athletes are welcome, stressed the president of ANOCA.

  •   FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules Rules Berlin June 21 2022 Football s governing body FIFA is joining other sports federations in reviewing their rules for transgender athletes a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday The aquatics sports body FINA and the International Rugby League IRL decided over the past days to exclude trans athletes from women s events The World Athletics may follow suit according to its president Sebastian Coe The FIFA spokesperson said FIFA is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with expert stakeholders FIFA thereby takes guidance from many stakeholders medical legal and human rights as well as the November 2021 IOC Framework on Fairness Inclusion and Non discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations Due to the ongoing nature of the process FIFA is not in a position to comment on specifics of proposed amendments to the existing regulations Should FIFA be asked to verify the eligibility of a player before the new regulations will be in place any such case will be dealt with on a case by case basis This is taking into account FIFA s clear commitment to respect for human rights Cycling s UCI had last week tightened its transgender rules on lower testosterone levels FINA decided at the weekend that transgender athletes can participate in women s races if they have gone through only part of male puberty It is also planning an open category for athletes whose gender is different than at birth The IRL said late Monday that transgender players were banned from women s matches until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy Coe told newsmen that athletics could follow FINA with a council meeting to discuss the issue later in the year Under its current rules trans athletes need low testosterone levels in certain running events We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this We will follow the science Coe said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules
      FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules Rules Berlin June 21 2022 Football s governing body FIFA is joining other sports federations in reviewing their rules for transgender athletes a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday The aquatics sports body FINA and the International Rugby League IRL decided over the past days to exclude trans athletes from women s events The World Athletics may follow suit according to its president Sebastian Coe The FIFA spokesperson said FIFA is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with expert stakeholders FIFA thereby takes guidance from many stakeholders medical legal and human rights as well as the November 2021 IOC Framework on Fairness Inclusion and Non discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations Due to the ongoing nature of the process FIFA is not in a position to comment on specifics of proposed amendments to the existing regulations Should FIFA be asked to verify the eligibility of a player before the new regulations will be in place any such case will be dealt with on a case by case basis This is taking into account FIFA s clear commitment to respect for human rights Cycling s UCI had last week tightened its transgender rules on lower testosterone levels FINA decided at the weekend that transgender athletes can participate in women s races if they have gone through only part of male puberty It is also planning an open category for athletes whose gender is different than at birth The IRL said late Monday that transgender players were banned from women s matches until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy Coe told newsmen that athletics could follow FINA with a council meeting to discuss the issue later in the year Under its current rules trans athletes need low testosterone levels in certain running events We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this We will follow the science Coe said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules
    Gender3 months ago

    FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules

    FIFA joins other sports governing bodies in reviewing transgender rules

    Rules

    Berlin, June 21, 2022 Football’s governing body FIFA is joining other sports federations in reviewing their rules for transgender athletes, a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

    The aquatics sports body FINA and the International Rugby League (IRL) decided over the past days to exclude trans athletes from women’s events.

    The  World Athletics may follow suit, according to its president Sebastian Coe.

    The FIFA spokesperson said “FIFA is currently reviewing its gender eligibility regulations in consultation with expert stakeholders.

    “FIFA thereby takes guidance from many stakeholders (medical, legal, and human rights) as well as the November 2021 IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations.

    “Due to the ongoing nature of the process, FIFA is not in a position to comment on specifics of proposed amendments to the existing regulations.

    “Should FIFA be asked to verify the eligibility of a player before the new regulations will be in place, any such case will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

    “This is  taking into account FIFA’s clear commitment to respect for human rights.”

    Cycling’s UCI had last week tightened its transgender rules on lower testosterone levels.

    FINA decided at the weekend that transgender athletes can participate in women’s races if they have gone through only part of male puberty.

    It is also planning an open category for athletes whose gender is different than at birth.

    The IRL said late Monday that transgender players were banned from women’s matches “until further research is completed to enable the IRL to implement a formal transgender inclusion policy.”

    Coe told newsmen that athletics could follow FINA, with a council meeting to discuss the issue later in the year.

    Under its current rules trans athletes need low testosterone levels in certain running events.

    “We have always believed that biology trumps gender and we will continue to review our regulations in line with this. We will follow the science,” Coe said.(

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Union Cycliste Internationale UCI and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali Rwanda A Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025 The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle Switzerland on Wednesday May 25 as part of the Africa Day celebrations The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient UCI Director General Amina Lanaya UCI World Cycling Center WCC Acting Director Jacques Landry President of ANOCA Mustapha Berraf and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee IOC of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025 especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl South Africa Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years in the run up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda It is anticipated that some 30 athletes male and female will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl Jean Pierre Van Zyl The UCI WCC the education and training arm of the UCI has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot Merhawi Kudus Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007 Several of Africa s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams and this year the WCC Team a UCI women s continental team has two African members Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux After signing the memorandum of understanding UCI President David Lappartient stated When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time it was part of a larger vision to strengthen our development work on the continent I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now The continent is coming together with talent and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond
    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders
      The Union Cycliste Internationale UCI and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa ANOCA https AfricaOlympic com are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali Rwanda A Memorandum of Understanding MOU signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025 The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle Switzerland on Wednesday May 25 as part of the Africa Day celebrations The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient UCI Director General Amina Lanaya UCI World Cycling Center WCC Acting Director Jacques Landry President of ANOCA Mustapha Berraf and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee IOC of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025 especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl South Africa Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years in the run up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda It is anticipated that some 30 athletes male and female will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl Jean Pierre Van Zyl The UCI WCC the education and training arm of the UCI has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot Merhawi Kudus Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007 Several of Africa s UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams and this year the WCC Team a UCI women s continental team has two African members Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux After signing the memorandum of understanding UCI President David Lappartient stated When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time it was part of a larger vision to strengthen our development work on the continent I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now The continent is coming together with talent and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond
    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders
    Africa4 months ago

    2025 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships in Rwanda: Union Cycliste Internationale and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa join forces to develop African riders

    The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) (https://AfricaOlympic.com) are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to develop cycling on the African continent in the run-up to the The 2025 UCI Road World Championships will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two bodies aims to ensure that African countries are well represented with strong podium chances at the UCI flagship event to be held for the first time on the African continent in 2025. The momentum is projected to continue through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and beyond.

    The MOU was signed at the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, on Wednesday May 25, as part of the Africa Day celebrations. The signing came at the end of fruitful discussions between UCI President David Lappartient, UCI Director General Amina Lanaya, UCI World Cycling Center (WCC) Acting Director Jacques Landry, President of ANOCA, Mustapha Berraf, and the head of development of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). of Sport in Africa Yassine Yousfi.

    The parties agreed on a UCI Cycling Development Strategy that supports African athletes so that they can be competitive by 2025, especially in the Junior and Under 23 categories.

    The strategy begins this year with the identification of athletes from African countries to be chosen for a training camp at the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, South Africa. Selected athletes will be able to train at the UCI WCC in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe, where they will gain the right racing experience for the next three years, in the run-up to the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in the capital of Rwanda.

    It is anticipated that some 30 athletes (male and female) will be selected through the physiological tests established by the UCI WCC, the results in international races and the recommendations of the UCI-certified coaches and the director of the UCI WCC Satellite in Paarl, Jean-Pierre Van Zyl.

    The UCI WCC, the education and training arm of the UCI, has already launched the careers of some incredible African athletes, for example Eritreans Daniel Teklehaimanot, Merhawi Kudus, Natnael Berhane and Biniam Girmay, and of course Chris Froome who passed his first months in Europe. in the UCI WCC after arriving from Kenya in 2007. Several of Africa's UCI WCC trainee athletes have also signed contracts with professional teams, and this year the WCC Team, a UCI women's continental team, has two African members . : Ethiopian Selam Amha Gerefiel and South African Maude Le Roux.

    After signing the memorandum of understanding, UCI President David Lappartient stated: “When I stated in my 2022 Agenda that I wanted to bring the UCI Road World Championships to Africa for the first time, it was part of a larger vision. to strengthen our development work on the continent. I am incredibly excited to be working together with ANOC to ensure that African athletes are a force to be reckoned with in Kigali three years from now."

    “The continent is coming together with talent, and we will make sure the whole world witnesses that at the 2025 UCI Road World Championships and beyond.”

  •  The following is a statement from AIPS Africa www AIPSAfrica com President and Vice President Mitchell Obi I think the decision made by the President of Rugby Africa to host the African Rugby World Cup qualifiers in the province of France rather than keeping it on the African continent is completely wrong and sends a very disturbing message to all Africans especially Africans young population and the continent s growing rugby community People will rightly wonder why the continent s most prestigious rugby tournament is being moved and played in Europe when there are plenty of alternative venues within Africa that are perfectly equipped to host it Playing the tournament in France not only deprives African audiences of seeing world class rugby on their doorstep it also denies local economies much needed revenue from a high profile event that would have boosted the world s industries tourism and hospitality and increased international exposure and investment Furthermore it is not even France as a whole that hosts this vital African tournament No Rugby Africa Cup 2022 will be played in the R gion Sud a region of France that ranks seventh in terms of population and is the furthest from the capital Paris Matches will be played in Aix en Provence and Marseille a city that is the beating heart of France s football scene but hardly known for its love of rugby The signing ceremony that announced the tournament award to R gion Sud was a perfect illustration of how insignificant this tournament is in the minds of the sport s administrators The French Sports Minister was conspicuous by his absence So also the president of the French Rugby Federation Instead the main dignitaries present were the president of R gion Sud and the mayor of Aix en Provence a city with a population of 143 000 football fans The Rugby Africa Cup has gone from a continent wide celebration to an unimaginative provincial event in a distant sphere that lacks the color and charm of a welcoming host At best it is depressing and patronizing to African rugby players and fans At worst it is an insult to the entire African continent It reinforces stereotypical representations that Africa still lives on in the Western media making it incredibly disappointing that the chairman of Rugby Africa himself an African has chosen to go down this path The main reason he has given for his decision to host the competition in France rather than Africa seems to center on media coverage and visibility arguing that events staged in Africa are somehow less accessible to international audiences But one only needs to look at some of the events already being organized in Africa to see that the argument is absurd In fact the opposite is true More international sporting events than ever before are turning to Africa to host functions Even the International Olympic Committee is coming to Africa with the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Senegal in 2026 the first time an Olympic competition will be held on the continent Over the next five years Africa will host a host of prestigious international sporting events The IV Summer Youth Olympic Games Dakar Senegal 2026 UCI Road Cycling World Championships Rwanda 2025 Cricket World Cup South Africa Namibia and Zimbabwe 2027 Jeux de la Francophonie Kinshasa DRC 2023 African Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023 African Games Accra Ghana 2023 African Beach Games Tunisia 2023 Netball World Cup South Africa 2026 The 22nd African Athletics Championships CAA Senior Mauritius 2022 Mediterranean Games Algeria 2022 By the way 3 650 athletes will take part in this year s Mediterranean Games in Algeria while fewer than 200 will be on display at the Rugby Africa Cup So it s clearly not about scale logistics or infrastructure Anyone who suggests that Africa is not ready or somehow unsuited to host major world sporting events is reinforcing old colonial stereotypes of arrogance and entitlement It s a ridiculous thought The world has moved on and knows the promise that Africa represents as a select host of events As the International Sports Press Association ISPA in Africa we have particular concerns about the ability of African sports journalists to access and effectively cover the Rugby Africa Cup in such a remote location We are urgently contacting Rugby Africa and World Rugby to ask what is being done to help them obtain visas flights and accommodation As the governing body and custodian of the game World Rugby could and should have had a hand in Rugby Africa s decision to host an African tournament on a different continent By 2050 a quarter of the world s population will be African and the sport is growing faster here than anywhere else The future of world rugby is Africa And he needs protection even from the president of Rugby Africa if necessary Unfortunately the decision to award the hosting duties of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 to a provincial area of France was not and never was made with the best interests of African rugby in mind It is truly unfortunate that Rugby Africa s leadership has made this miserable decision without deserving consultation with the key stakeholders and partners who over the years have endeavored to add value to the growth of the game on the continent Here we recall the lack of vital outreach and consultation with Rugby Africa s main official sponsor APO Group whose founder and chairman Nicolas Pompigne Mognard is clearly at a loss with a decision completely without merit and support even for any ten inveterate enthusiast I sincerely hope that such distinguished partners do not lose their appetite to improve the game despite this losing streak In particular the entire family of sports journalists in Africa and all those who care passionately about the health and growth of rugby on the continent insist on the need to bring and keep the Gold Cup home where it belongs and finds its shine President Babbou must change gears without delay and forget his provincial French fantasies Mitchell Obi AIPS Africa President AIPS Vice President nbsp
    Rugby Africa Cup 2022 in France: AIPS Call Out Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou
     The following is a statement from AIPS Africa www AIPSAfrica com President and Vice President Mitchell Obi I think the decision made by the President of Rugby Africa to host the African Rugby World Cup qualifiers in the province of France rather than keeping it on the African continent is completely wrong and sends a very disturbing message to all Africans especially Africans young population and the continent s growing rugby community People will rightly wonder why the continent s most prestigious rugby tournament is being moved and played in Europe when there are plenty of alternative venues within Africa that are perfectly equipped to host it Playing the tournament in France not only deprives African audiences of seeing world class rugby on their doorstep it also denies local economies much needed revenue from a high profile event that would have boosted the world s industries tourism and hospitality and increased international exposure and investment Furthermore it is not even France as a whole that hosts this vital African tournament No Rugby Africa Cup 2022 will be played in the R gion Sud a region of France that ranks seventh in terms of population and is the furthest from the capital Paris Matches will be played in Aix en Provence and Marseille a city that is the beating heart of France s football scene but hardly known for its love of rugby The signing ceremony that announced the tournament award to R gion Sud was a perfect illustration of how insignificant this tournament is in the minds of the sport s administrators The French Sports Minister was conspicuous by his absence So also the president of the French Rugby Federation Instead the main dignitaries present were the president of R gion Sud and the mayor of Aix en Provence a city with a population of 143 000 football fans The Rugby Africa Cup has gone from a continent wide celebration to an unimaginative provincial event in a distant sphere that lacks the color and charm of a welcoming host At best it is depressing and patronizing to African rugby players and fans At worst it is an insult to the entire African continent It reinforces stereotypical representations that Africa still lives on in the Western media making it incredibly disappointing that the chairman of Rugby Africa himself an African has chosen to go down this path The main reason he has given for his decision to host the competition in France rather than Africa seems to center on media coverage and visibility arguing that events staged in Africa are somehow less accessible to international audiences But one only needs to look at some of the events already being organized in Africa to see that the argument is absurd In fact the opposite is true More international sporting events than ever before are turning to Africa to host functions Even the International Olympic Committee is coming to Africa with the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Senegal in 2026 the first time an Olympic competition will be held on the continent Over the next five years Africa will host a host of prestigious international sporting events The IV Summer Youth Olympic Games Dakar Senegal 2026 UCI Road Cycling World Championships Rwanda 2025 Cricket World Cup South Africa Namibia and Zimbabwe 2027 Jeux de la Francophonie Kinshasa DRC 2023 African Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023 African Games Accra Ghana 2023 African Beach Games Tunisia 2023 Netball World Cup South Africa 2026 The 22nd African Athletics Championships CAA Senior Mauritius 2022 Mediterranean Games Algeria 2022 By the way 3 650 athletes will take part in this year s Mediterranean Games in Algeria while fewer than 200 will be on display at the Rugby Africa Cup So it s clearly not about scale logistics or infrastructure Anyone who suggests that Africa is not ready or somehow unsuited to host major world sporting events is reinforcing old colonial stereotypes of arrogance and entitlement It s a ridiculous thought The world has moved on and knows the promise that Africa represents as a select host of events As the International Sports Press Association ISPA in Africa we have particular concerns about the ability of African sports journalists to access and effectively cover the Rugby Africa Cup in such a remote location We are urgently contacting Rugby Africa and World Rugby to ask what is being done to help them obtain visas flights and accommodation As the governing body and custodian of the game World Rugby could and should have had a hand in Rugby Africa s decision to host an African tournament on a different continent By 2050 a quarter of the world s population will be African and the sport is growing faster here than anywhere else The future of world rugby is Africa And he needs protection even from the president of Rugby Africa if necessary Unfortunately the decision to award the hosting duties of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 to a provincial area of France was not and never was made with the best interests of African rugby in mind It is truly unfortunate that Rugby Africa s leadership has made this miserable decision without deserving consultation with the key stakeholders and partners who over the years have endeavored to add value to the growth of the game on the continent Here we recall the lack of vital outreach and consultation with Rugby Africa s main official sponsor APO Group whose founder and chairman Nicolas Pompigne Mognard is clearly at a loss with a decision completely without merit and support even for any ten inveterate enthusiast I sincerely hope that such distinguished partners do not lose their appetite to improve the game despite this losing streak In particular the entire family of sports journalists in Africa and all those who care passionately about the health and growth of rugby on the continent insist on the need to bring and keep the Gold Cup home where it belongs and finds its shine President Babbou must change gears without delay and forget his provincial French fantasies Mitchell Obi AIPS Africa President AIPS Vice President nbsp
    Rugby Africa Cup 2022 in France: AIPS Call Out Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou
    Africa7 months ago

    Rugby Africa Cup 2022 in France: AIPS Call Out Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou

    The following is a statement from AIPS Africa (www.AIPSAfrica.com) President and Vice President, Mitchell Obi:“I think the decision made by the President of Rugby Africa to host the African Rugby World Cup qualifiers in the province of France, rather than keeping it on the African continent, is completely wrong and sends a very disturbing message to all. Africans, especially Africans. young population and the continent's growing rugby community.People will rightly wonder why the continent's most prestigious rugby tournament is being moved and played in Europe, when there are plenty of alternative venues within Africa that are perfectly equipped to host it.Playing the tournament in France not only deprives African audiences of seeing world-class rugby on their doorstep, it also denies local economies much-needed revenue from a high-profile event that would have boosted the world's industries. tourism and hospitality, and increased international exposure. and investmentFurthermore, it is not even 'France' as a whole that hosts this vital African tournament. No, Rugby Africa Cup 2022 will be played in the 'Région Sud', a region of France that ranks seventh in terms of population and is the furthest from the capital Paris.Matches will be played in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, a city that is the beating heart of France's football scene but hardly known for its love of rugby.The signing ceremony that announced the tournament award to 'Région Sud' was a perfect illustration of how insignificant this tournament is in the minds of the sport's administrators.The French Sports Minister was conspicuous by his absence. So also the president of the French Rugby Federation. Instead, the main dignitaries present were the president of 'RégionSud' and the mayor of Aix-en-Provence, a city with a population of 143,000 football fans.The Rugby Africa Cup has gone from a continent-wide celebration to an unimaginative provincial event in a distant sphere that lacks the color and charm of a welcoming host.At best, it is depressing and patronizing to African rugby players and fans. At worst, it is an insult to the entire African continent. It reinforces stereotypical representations that Africa still lives on in the Western media, making it incredibly disappointing that the chairman of Rugby Africa, himself an African, has chosen to go down this path.The main reason he has given for his decision to host the competition in France rather than Africa seems to center on "media coverage" and visibility, arguing that events staged in Africa are somehow less accessible to international audiences. .But one only needs to look at some of the events already being organized in Africa to see that the argument is absurd. In fact, the opposite is true. More international sporting events than ever before are turning to Africa to host functions.Even the International Olympic Committee is coming to Africa, with the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Senegal in 2026, the first time an Olympic competition will be held on the continent.Over the next five years, Africa will host a host of prestigious international sporting events:The IV Summer Youth Olympic Games (Dakar, Senegal, 2026) UCI ​​Road Cycling World Championships (Rwanda, 2025) Cricket World Cup (South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, 2027) Jeux de la Francophonie ( Kinshasa, DRC, 2023) African Cup of Nations (Ivory Coast, 2023) African Games (Accra, Ghana, 2023) African Beach Games (Tunisia, 2023) Netball World Cup (South Africa, 2026) The 22nd African Athletics Championships CAA Senior (Mauritius, 2022) Mediterranean Games (Algeria, 2022)By the way, 3,650 athletes will take part in this year's Mediterranean Games in Algeria, while fewer than 200 will be on display at the Rugby Africa Cup. So it's clearly not about scale, logistics or infrastructure.Anyone who suggests that Africa is 'not ready' or somehow unsuited to host major world sporting events is reinforcing old colonial stereotypes of arrogance and entitlement. It's a ridiculous thought. The world has moved on and knows the promise that Africa represents as a select host of events.As the International Sports Press Association (ISPA) in Africa, we have particular concerns about the ability of African sports journalists to access and effectively cover the Rugby Africa Cup in such a remote location. We are urgently contacting Rugby Africa and World Rugby to ask what is being done to help them obtain visas, flights and accommodation.As the governing body and custodian of the game, World Rugby could and should have had a hand in Rugby Africa's decision to host an African tournament on a different continent. By 2050, a quarter of the world's population will be African, and the sport is growing fasterhere than anywhere else. The future of world rugby is Africa. And he needs protection, even from the president of Rugby Africa, if necessary.Unfortunately, the decision to award the hosting duties of the Rugby Africa Cup 2022 to a provincial area of ​​France was not and never was made with the best interests of African rugby in mind.It is truly unfortunate that Rugby Africa's leadership has made this miserable decision without deserving consultation with the key stakeholders and partners who over the years have endeavored to add value to the growth of the game on the continent. Here we recall the lack of vital outreach and consultation with Rugby Africa's main official sponsor (APO Group), whose founder and chairman Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard is clearly at a loss with a decision completely without merit and support even for any ten- inveterate enthusiast.I sincerely hope that such distinguished partners do not lose their appetite to improve the game despite this losing streak.In particular, the entire family of sports journalists in Africa and all those who care passionately about the health and growth of rugby on the continent insist on the need to bring and keep the Gold Cup home, where it belongs and finds its shine.President Babbou must change gears without delay and forget his provincial French fantasies.Mitchell Obi AIPS Africa President AIPS Vice President 

  •   Renus Uhiriwe 20 is currently preparing to compete in the upcoming Tour of Rwanda for the national team before traveling to Europe and joining his UCI Continental Team Qhubeka www TeamQhubeka com squad based in Italy Ride a path familiar to talented young cyclists from Africa as they first look to make their mark at home and then take the next step with their sights firmly set on one day performing at the highest level In the midst of his preparations for the race Renus took the time to tell us a bit more about himself and his hopes for the future Q Tell us where you are from and a little about your family I am from Rwanda which I am incredibly proud of and at home are my mother sister and brother while I am the youngest child Q How did you become a cyclist My father used to ride a bike so I bought his when he was still young and I really liked it after which he bought me a small bicycle My house is near the Africa Rising Cycling Center and I saw the cyclists pass by my house going to the center to train I really enjoyed riding the bike and was finally able to train with the national team and it all went from there In my first race I won the Rwanda Championship that confirmed to me that it was my talent I started racing my bike more regularly and decided it was my dream The bicycle has literally changed my life Q Who is your cycling hero I have many cycling heroes Being a sprinter I like Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish but I also have other heroes in Tadej Pogacar and also Egan Bernal I am also a big fan of Giacomo Nizzolo who used to ride for our team and always showed tremendous fight As a sprinter I want to do well here in Africa but also more importantly in Europe Q What is your cycling goal My ultimate goal is to win races in Europe and then move on to the World Tour But first is to win races in Africa it would be a great moment for Rwanda and also a big step in my cycling career He could potentially be the first Rwandan to win a stage at the Tour du Rwanda since it was classified as a UCI 2 1 event Q How proud are you to represent Rwanda on the world stage I am extremely proud to represent my country it means everything to me and I have set myself the goal of winning a stage in the Tour du Rwanda which would be amazing for our country Q The 2025 UCI World Championships is in Rwanda will you be there I really hope to be at the World Championships in 2025 That is my goal and my goal It would be amazing to race on my home roads in front of our amazing and proud representative from Rwanda This will be an incredible moment for our continent and for cycling Q What is your message to young Rwandan cyclists and other cyclists in Africa who want to emulate you by traveling to Europe to race your bike Young riders need to work hard and love what they do For young African cyclists to have the opportunity to compete in Europe is extremely important so my message is that they must focus and love bicycle racing
    Rwanda’s Renus Uhiriwe: “I really hope that I will be at the 2025 World Championships”
      Renus Uhiriwe 20 is currently preparing to compete in the upcoming Tour of Rwanda for the national team before traveling to Europe and joining his UCI Continental Team Qhubeka www TeamQhubeka com squad based in Italy Ride a path familiar to talented young cyclists from Africa as they first look to make their mark at home and then take the next step with their sights firmly set on one day performing at the highest level In the midst of his preparations for the race Renus took the time to tell us a bit more about himself and his hopes for the future Q Tell us where you are from and a little about your family I am from Rwanda which I am incredibly proud of and at home are my mother sister and brother while I am the youngest child Q How did you become a cyclist My father used to ride a bike so I bought his when he was still young and I really liked it after which he bought me a small bicycle My house is near the Africa Rising Cycling Center and I saw the cyclists pass by my house going to the center to train I really enjoyed riding the bike and was finally able to train with the national team and it all went from there In my first race I won the Rwanda Championship that confirmed to me that it was my talent I started racing my bike more regularly and decided it was my dream The bicycle has literally changed my life Q Who is your cycling hero I have many cycling heroes Being a sprinter I like Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish but I also have other heroes in Tadej Pogacar and also Egan Bernal I am also a big fan of Giacomo Nizzolo who used to ride for our team and always showed tremendous fight As a sprinter I want to do well here in Africa but also more importantly in Europe Q What is your cycling goal My ultimate goal is to win races in Europe and then move on to the World Tour But first is to win races in Africa it would be a great moment for Rwanda and also a big step in my cycling career He could potentially be the first Rwandan to win a stage at the Tour du Rwanda since it was classified as a UCI 2 1 event Q How proud are you to represent Rwanda on the world stage I am extremely proud to represent my country it means everything to me and I have set myself the goal of winning a stage in the Tour du Rwanda which would be amazing for our country Q The 2025 UCI World Championships is in Rwanda will you be there I really hope to be at the World Championships in 2025 That is my goal and my goal It would be amazing to race on my home roads in front of our amazing and proud representative from Rwanda This will be an incredible moment for our continent and for cycling Q What is your message to young Rwandan cyclists and other cyclists in Africa who want to emulate you by traveling to Europe to race your bike Young riders need to work hard and love what they do For young African cyclists to have the opportunity to compete in Europe is extremely important so my message is that they must focus and love bicycle racing
    Rwanda’s Renus Uhiriwe: “I really hope that I will be at the 2025 World Championships”
    Africa8 months ago

    Rwanda’s Renus Uhiriwe: “I really hope that I will be at the 2025 World Championships”

    Renus Uhiriwe, 20, is currently preparing to compete in the upcoming Tour of Rwanda for the national team before traveling to Europe and joining his UCI Continental Team Qhubeka (www.TeamQhubeka.com) squad based in Italy.

    Ride a path familiar to talented young cyclists from Africa as they first look to make their mark at home and then take the next step with their sights firmly set on one day performing at the highest level.

    In the midst of his preparations for the race, Renus took the time to tell us a bit more about himself and his hopes for the future.

    Q: Tell us where you are from and a little about your family.

    I am from Rwanda, which I am incredibly proud of, and at home are my mother, sister and brother, while I am the youngest child.

    Q: How did you become a cyclist?

    My father used to ride a bike, so I bought his when he was still young and I really liked it; after which he bought me a small bicycle. My house is near the Africa Rising Cycling Center and I saw the cyclists pass by my house, going to the center to train.

    I really enjoyed riding the bike and was finally able to train with the national team, and it all went from there. In my first race I won the Rwanda Championship, that confirmed to me that it was my talent; I started racing my bike more regularly and decided it was my dream. The bicycle has literally changed my life.

    Q: Who is your cycling hero?

    I have many cycling heroes. Being a sprinter, I like Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish, but I also have other heroes in Tadej Pogacar and also Egan Bernal. I am also a big fan of Giacomo Nizzolo who used to ride for our team and always showed tremendous fight. As a sprinter, I want to do well here in Africa but also, more importantly, in Europe.

    Q: What is your cycling goal?

    My ultimate goal is to win races in Europe and then move on to the World Tour. But first is to win races in Africa: it would be a great moment for Rwanda and also a big step in my cycling career. He could, potentially, be the first Rwandan to win a stage at the Tour du Rwanda since it was classified as a UCI 2.1 event.

    Q: How proud are you to represent Rwanda on the world stage?

    I am extremely proud to represent my country, it means everything to me, and I have set myself the goal of winning a stage in the Tour du Rwanda, which would be amazing for our country.

    Q: The 2025 UCI World Championships is in Rwanda, will you be there?

    I really hope to be at the World Championships in 2025. That is my goal and my goal. It would be amazing to race on my home roads in front of our amazing and proud representative from Rwanda. This will be an incredible moment for our continent and for cycling.

    Q: What is your message to young Rwandan cyclists and other cyclists in Africa who want to emulate you by traveling to Europe to race your bike?

    Young riders need to work hard and love what they do. For young African cyclists to have the opportunity to compete in Europe is extremely important, so my message is that they must focus and love bicycle racing.

  •   To this day a total of 12 390 116 doses have been administered and we are well aimed at the goal we have set ourselves NAIROBI Kenya February 7 2022 APO Group President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the national enlargement of universal health coverage UHC with a call to all to enroll in the National Health Box NHIF The Chairman affirmed the Government s commitment to disseminate the benefits of UHC throughout the country through the development of an focused policy to accelerate its implementation In this sense my administration has developed the policy of universal health coverage which covers the period 2020 2030 to guide the acceleration of progress in achieving universal health coverage said the president The president spoke at the hospital of the subcondation of Port Reitz in Mombasa where he said that the pandemic of Covid 19 has revealed the urgent need of the country to improve the implementation of UHC Under this pillar we seek to eradicate the poverty of dignity and the transition from our nation to an era in which no Kenyan should be forced to choose between medical bills and other essential needs said President Kenyatta Regarding UHC the Head of State said that the program began in the country in 2013 with the launch of the highly acclaimed free maternity program called Linda Mama which currently benefits more than one million mothers a year He described several initiatives that the Government has implemented to guarantee the successful implementation of UHC including investment in health infrastructure and the development of a digital health platform to support the effective monitoring of the health sector Regarding the health infrastructure President Kenyatta said the investments that the Government has made since 2013 have seen an increase of 43 percent in public health facilities of 4429 facilities in 2013 to 6342 today In the same period our UCI capacity has increased in an impressive 502 percent And our total capacity of the hospital bed has also increased significantly by 47 percent said President Kenyatta The president said the government has also fully financed the improvement of hospitals in the 47 counties as national reference hospitals with state of the art specialized medical equipment He said that the Government has developed the list of essential drugs from Kenya the list of essential medical supplies and the list of medical laboratories in Kenya to improve the availability of essential medicines and supplies These Lists are intended to guide health establishments in the selection and investment of commodities said the Head of State To address the scarcity of human resources President Kenyatta said that the country has increased the total number of health workers in the public and private sectors by 41 percent in the last 10 years In addition the President said that 15 234 health workers were recruited under the Universal Health Coverage program and the management of COVID 19 Furthermore community health coverage has also increased from 10 percent in 2013 to the current 91 percent reflecting an increased capacity of community health staff to respond to 8663 Community Health Units around the world country he said In a holistic approach to the entire government President Kenyatta said that facilitating ministries including water energy ICT and infrastructure have also committed to ensuring that other key services are available in health facilities Regarding Covid 19 President Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to get vaccinated and continue to observe the Ministry of Health s protocols even as he noted the progress the country has made in the vaccination exercise As of today a total of 12 390 116 doses have been administered and we are well on our way to our goal of 27 million Kenyans fully vaccinated by the end of 2022 said President Kenyatta On the coordination of public health functions in all sectors the President said on January 1 this year established by the Kenya National Public Health Institute to lead the process of coordination and promote decisions based on evidence on Health issues At the same time the President directed the Ministries of Health and the National Treasury to ensure that the consolidation of all government sponsored programs is finalized and operational by the end of June this year For a greater realization of the objective of UHC President Kenyatta welcomed the approval of the NHIF Amendment Law by the Parliament I would not be ashamed to say that my administration has successfully established the unwavering basis to achieve the 100 percent target of health insurance coverage and as a result access to affordable and quality medical care so that never a kenian suffer unnecessarily or be driven into poverty Due to medical bills he said Noting that the Act provides for NHIF to establish a centralized health care provider management system to ensure efficient claims management and payment as well as data collection the President instructed NHIF to ensure that the system is configured and operational by the end of June this year President Kenyatta further ordered that the biometric record in NHIF be interlinked with the Huduma number database President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to reiterate that he will continue to work for the betterment of all Kenyans until the end of his term He stressed that his unique role is to leave a legacy of peace unity and prosperity for all Kenyans Several leaders of the coast region headed by the Host Governor Hassan Joho Amason Kingi Kilifi Fahim TWAHA LAMU and Dhadho Godana Tana River attended the launch of the UHC National Launch Earlier President Kenyatta opened this year s International Health Workforce Conference The three day conference on the harmonization of the curriculum and the training of health professionals aims to improve the skills of health personnel a key factor in the provision of UHC Other speakers at the conference included the President of the Association of African Medical Councils Dr Kgosi Letlape Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe Health and Professor George Magoha Education Host Governor Hassan Joho and President of the Council of Governors Martin Wambora who is also the Governor of Embu County
    President Kenyatta Launches Universal Health Coverage (UHC) National Roll Out
      To this day a total of 12 390 116 doses have been administered and we are well aimed at the goal we have set ourselves NAIROBI Kenya February 7 2022 APO Group President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the national enlargement of universal health coverage UHC with a call to all to enroll in the National Health Box NHIF The Chairman affirmed the Government s commitment to disseminate the benefits of UHC throughout the country through the development of an focused policy to accelerate its implementation In this sense my administration has developed the policy of universal health coverage which covers the period 2020 2030 to guide the acceleration of progress in achieving universal health coverage said the president The president spoke at the hospital of the subcondation of Port Reitz in Mombasa where he said that the pandemic of Covid 19 has revealed the urgent need of the country to improve the implementation of UHC Under this pillar we seek to eradicate the poverty of dignity and the transition from our nation to an era in which no Kenyan should be forced to choose between medical bills and other essential needs said President Kenyatta Regarding UHC the Head of State said that the program began in the country in 2013 with the launch of the highly acclaimed free maternity program called Linda Mama which currently benefits more than one million mothers a year He described several initiatives that the Government has implemented to guarantee the successful implementation of UHC including investment in health infrastructure and the development of a digital health platform to support the effective monitoring of the health sector Regarding the health infrastructure President Kenyatta said the investments that the Government has made since 2013 have seen an increase of 43 percent in public health facilities of 4429 facilities in 2013 to 6342 today In the same period our UCI capacity has increased in an impressive 502 percent And our total capacity of the hospital bed has also increased significantly by 47 percent said President Kenyatta The president said the government has also fully financed the improvement of hospitals in the 47 counties as national reference hospitals with state of the art specialized medical equipment He said that the Government has developed the list of essential drugs from Kenya the list of essential medical supplies and the list of medical laboratories in Kenya to improve the availability of essential medicines and supplies These Lists are intended to guide health establishments in the selection and investment of commodities said the Head of State To address the scarcity of human resources President Kenyatta said that the country has increased the total number of health workers in the public and private sectors by 41 percent in the last 10 years In addition the President said that 15 234 health workers were recruited under the Universal Health Coverage program and the management of COVID 19 Furthermore community health coverage has also increased from 10 percent in 2013 to the current 91 percent reflecting an increased capacity of community health staff to respond to 8663 Community Health Units around the world country he said In a holistic approach to the entire government President Kenyatta said that facilitating ministries including water energy ICT and infrastructure have also committed to ensuring that other key services are available in health facilities Regarding Covid 19 President Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to get vaccinated and continue to observe the Ministry of Health s protocols even as he noted the progress the country has made in the vaccination exercise As of today a total of 12 390 116 doses have been administered and we are well on our way to our goal of 27 million Kenyans fully vaccinated by the end of 2022 said President Kenyatta On the coordination of public health functions in all sectors the President said on January 1 this year established by the Kenya National Public Health Institute to lead the process of coordination and promote decisions based on evidence on Health issues At the same time the President directed the Ministries of Health and the National Treasury to ensure that the consolidation of all government sponsored programs is finalized and operational by the end of June this year For a greater realization of the objective of UHC President Kenyatta welcomed the approval of the NHIF Amendment Law by the Parliament I would not be ashamed to say that my administration has successfully established the unwavering basis to achieve the 100 percent target of health insurance coverage and as a result access to affordable and quality medical care so that never a kenian suffer unnecessarily or be driven into poverty Due to medical bills he said Noting that the Act provides for NHIF to establish a centralized health care provider management system to ensure efficient claims management and payment as well as data collection the President instructed NHIF to ensure that the system is configured and operational by the end of June this year President Kenyatta further ordered that the biometric record in NHIF be interlinked with the Huduma number database President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to reiterate that he will continue to work for the betterment of all Kenyans until the end of his term He stressed that his unique role is to leave a legacy of peace unity and prosperity for all Kenyans Several leaders of the coast region headed by the Host Governor Hassan Joho Amason Kingi Kilifi Fahim TWAHA LAMU and Dhadho Godana Tana River attended the launch of the UHC National Launch Earlier President Kenyatta opened this year s International Health Workforce Conference The three day conference on the harmonization of the curriculum and the training of health professionals aims to improve the skills of health personnel a key factor in the provision of UHC Other speakers at the conference included the President of the Association of African Medical Councils Dr Kgosi Letlape Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe Health and Professor George Magoha Education Host Governor Hassan Joho and President of the Council of Governors Martin Wambora who is also the Governor of Embu County
    President Kenyatta Launches Universal Health Coverage (UHC) National Roll Out
    Africa8 months ago

    President Kenyatta Launches Universal Health Coverage (UHC) National Roll Out

    To this day, a total of 12,390,116 doses have been administered and we are well aimed at the goal we have set ourselves

    NAIROBI, Kenya, February 7, 2022/APO Group/ --

    President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the national enlargement of universal health coverage (UHC) with a call to all to enroll in the National Health Box (NHIF).

    The Chairman affirmed the Government's commitment to disseminate the benefits of UHC throughout the country through the development of an focused policy to accelerate its implementation.

    "In this sense, my administration has developed the policy of universal health coverage, which covers the period 2020-2030, to guide the acceleration of progress in achieving universal health coverage," said the president.

    The president spoke at the hospital of the subcondation of Port Reitz in Mombasa, where he said that the pandemic of Covid-19 has revealed the urgent need of the country to improve the implementation of UHC.

    "Under this pillar, we seek to eradicate the 'poverty of dignity' and the transition from our nation to an era in which no Kenyan should be forced to choose between medical bills and other essential needs," said President Kenyatta.

    Regarding UHC, the Head of State said that the program began in the country in 2013 with the launch of the highly acclaimed free maternity program called “Linda Mama”, which currently benefits more than one million mothers a year.

    He described several initiatives that the Government has implemented to guarantee the successful implementation of UHC, including investment in health infrastructure and the development of a digital health platform to support the effective monitoring of the health sector.

    Regarding the health infrastructure, President Kenyatta said the investments that the Government has made since 2013 have seen an increase of 43 percent in public health facilities of 4429 facilities in 2013 to 6342 today.

    "In the same period, our UCI capacity has increased in an impressive 502 percent; And our total capacity of the hospital bed has also increased significantly by 47 percent, "said President Kenyatta.

    The president said the government has also fully financed the improvement of hospitals in the 47 counties as national reference hospitals with state-of-the-art specialized medical equipment.

    He said that the Government has developed the list of essential drugs from Kenya, the list of essential medical supplies and the list of medical laboratories in Kenya to improve the availability of essential medicines and supplies.

    "These Lists are intended to guide health establishments in the selection and investment of commodities," said the Head of State.

    To address the scarcity of human resources, President Kenyatta said that the country has increased the total number of health workers in the public and private sectors by 41 percent in the last 10 years.

    In addition, the President said that 15,234 health workers were recruited under the Universal Health Coverage program and the management of COVID-19.

    “Furthermore, community health coverage has also increased from 10 percent in 2013 to the current 91 percent, reflecting an increased capacity of community health staff to respond to 8663 Community Health Units around the world. country," he said.

    In a holistic approach to the entire government, President Kenyatta said that facilitating ministries, including water, energy, ICT and infrastructure, have also committed to ensuring that other key services are available in health facilities.

    Regarding Covid-19, President Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to get vaccinated and continue to observe the Ministry of Health's protocols, even as he noted the progress the country has made in the vaccination exercise.

    “As of today, a total of 12,390,116 doses have been administered and we are well on our way to our goal of 27 million Kenyans fully vaccinated by the end of 2022,” said President Kenyatta.

    On the coordination of public health functions in all sectors, the President said on January 1 this year established by the Kenya National Public Health Institute to lead the process of coordination and promote decisions based on evidence on Health issues

    At the same time, the President directed the Ministries of Health and the National Treasury to ensure that the consolidation of all government-sponsored programs is finalized and operational by the end of June this year.

    For a greater realization of the objective of UHC, President Kenyatta welcomed the approval of the NHIF Amendment Law by the Parliament.

    "I would not be ashamed to say that my administration has successfully established the unwavering basis to achieve the 100 percent target of health insurance coverage and, as a result, access to affordable and quality medical care, so that never a kenian suffer unnecessarily or be driven into poverty. Due to medical bills, "he said.

    Noting that the Act provides for NHIF to establish a centralized health care provider management system to ensure efficient claims management and payment as well as data collection, the President instructed NHIF to ensure that the system is configured and operational by the end of June this year.

    President Kenyatta further ordered that the biometric record in NHIF be interlinked with the Huduma number database.

    President Kenyatta also took the opportunity to reiterate that he will continue to work for the betterment of all Kenyans until the end of his term.

    He stressed that his unique role is to leave a legacy of peace, unity and prosperity for all Kenyans.

    Several leaders of the coast region, headed by the Host Governor Hassan Joho, Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Fahim TWAHA (LAMU) and Dhadho Godana (Tana River) attended the launch of the UHC National Launch.

    Earlier, President Kenyatta opened this year's International Health Workforce Conference. The three-day conference on the harmonization of the curriculum and the training of health professionals aims to improve the skills of health personnel, a key factor in the provision of UHC.

    Other speakers at the conference included the President of the Association of African Medical Councils, Dr Kgosi Letlape, Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Professor George Magoha (Education), Host Governor Hassan Joho and President of the Council of Governors Martin Wambora, who is also the Governor of Embu. County.

  •   We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport JOHANNESBURG South Africa December 24 2021 APO Group We are deeply saddened to confirm that our hopes of competing as a UCI WorldTour team in 2022 have come to an end This follows an extensive global quest during this unprecedented time to secure the long term future of the team In recent days our last possibility to continue at that level could not be specified so the decision has been made that the WorldTour operation cease on December 31 2021 This is an extremely disappointing time for our organization As a team that has strived from the beginning to take a hugely progressive step in cycling through our partnership with Qhubeka Charity highlighted by our unique purpose based approach not being able to continue to do so in 2022 is a significant loss to the world of cycling Our hit list on the bike has taken us through incredible ups and downs Many will remember the amazing achievements of Gerald Ciolek Steve Cummings Mark Cavendish Edvald Boasson Hagen Ben King Omar Fraile Kristian Sbaragli Ben O Connor Giacomo Nizzolo Victor Campenaerts and Mauro Schmid raising their hands in delight as they crossed the finish line line in celebration of our purpose Just as important are the moments when Nic Dlamini and Daniel Teklehaimanot made Tour de France history for us highlighting the challenges African riders face just to get a chance to compete in Europe as in the case of Negasi Haylu Aabreha the inspiring group of young cyclists from Khayelitsha who traveled with us to the Grand Depart in Brussels and of course the amazing Qhubeka Charity to name just a few Our team has been a home for all and has carried the hopes and dreams of a continent and far beyond A Qhubeka bike distribution ceremony is still one of the most incredible events to attend One that in a single moment fully illustrates the true value of a bicycle and the role it plays in changing lives We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport For that we will always be grateful and for that we hope that you will continue to support us in the future as we take the next step in our journey Make no mistake this announcement weighs heavily but now more than ever it has invigorated and motivated us to rebuild and bet once again on the claim to be competing on the biggest stage in sport and all while ensuring that we continue to offer a platform for Africa s talent to progress to the highest level To that end the Qhubeka team will continue to operate as a UCI continental team in 2022 which is based in Italy with our aim to return to the top tier in the near future Our support for the Qhubeka charity is unwavering for those of us who have raised significant funds and awareness to date More details will be communicated in due course Douglas Ryder Team Principal On Thursday I sent an internal message to our staff and riders to break the news It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life The responses have been very emotional and supportive It gave me such faith and conviction that what we have done here is truly unique When you work in an environment that has a higher purpose and positively impacts others then it no longer feels like work We ve seen that spirit Ubuntu take hold firmly this year and spread beyond our team to our fanbase and the media so brilliantly documented in Rouleur magazine after Victor Campenaerts stage win at the Giro d Italia We rose as the Africa team from South Africa to include all of Africa from road biking to mountain biking to women s cycling and finally focusing on bringing an African registered road team to the Tour de France We went from a continental team to a professional team that won Milan Sanremo a monument in our first season to become a WorldTour team for the last six years We have advanced Africa in cycling we have moved people through Qhubeka and we will continue our movement for bicycles to change people s lives The fact that the world championships are held in Rwanda in 2025 is a testament that many work together and believe in the potential of Africa Not having an African team in the first two tiers of men s cycling is a significant moment and something we all need to reflect on particularly in light of where the world and the sport are at right now We had some amazing interactions during our search for a senior partner to secure our future but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement in time But the Qhubeka team keeps moving forward our continental team will compete and we have other exciting projects and ideas that will keep us using our platform to change lives with bicycles Our work with Qhubeka Charity has truly inspired us and will continue to do so It should be a story that inspires all of cycling and beyond and we want you to be part of our journey To all of our past current and future partners I want to thank you for your faith and your belief in what we want to achieve One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that we have always done our best and you are committed to doing so in the future To all of our staff and riders past and present thank you for your dedication and support see you soon
    Team Qhubeka is Still Moving Forwards
      We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport JOHANNESBURG South Africa December 24 2021 APO Group We are deeply saddened to confirm that our hopes of competing as a UCI WorldTour team in 2022 have come to an end This follows an extensive global quest during this unprecedented time to secure the long term future of the team In recent days our last possibility to continue at that level could not be specified so the decision has been made that the WorldTour operation cease on December 31 2021 This is an extremely disappointing time for our organization As a team that has strived from the beginning to take a hugely progressive step in cycling through our partnership with Qhubeka Charity highlighted by our unique purpose based approach not being able to continue to do so in 2022 is a significant loss to the world of cycling Our hit list on the bike has taken us through incredible ups and downs Many will remember the amazing achievements of Gerald Ciolek Steve Cummings Mark Cavendish Edvald Boasson Hagen Ben King Omar Fraile Kristian Sbaragli Ben O Connor Giacomo Nizzolo Victor Campenaerts and Mauro Schmid raising their hands in delight as they crossed the finish line line in celebration of our purpose Just as important are the moments when Nic Dlamini and Daniel Teklehaimanot made Tour de France history for us highlighting the challenges African riders face just to get a chance to compete in Europe as in the case of Negasi Haylu Aabreha the inspiring group of young cyclists from Khayelitsha who traveled with us to the Grand Depart in Brussels and of course the amazing Qhubeka Charity to name just a few Our team has been a home for all and has carried the hopes and dreams of a continent and far beyond A Qhubeka bike distribution ceremony is still one of the most incredible events to attend One that in a single moment fully illustrates the true value of a bicycle and the role it plays in changing lives We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport For that we will always be grateful and for that we hope that you will continue to support us in the future as we take the next step in our journey Make no mistake this announcement weighs heavily but now more than ever it has invigorated and motivated us to rebuild and bet once again on the claim to be competing on the biggest stage in sport and all while ensuring that we continue to offer a platform for Africa s talent to progress to the highest level To that end the Qhubeka team will continue to operate as a UCI continental team in 2022 which is based in Italy with our aim to return to the top tier in the near future Our support for the Qhubeka charity is unwavering for those of us who have raised significant funds and awareness to date More details will be communicated in due course Douglas Ryder Team Principal On Thursday I sent an internal message to our staff and riders to break the news It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life The responses have been very emotional and supportive It gave me such faith and conviction that what we have done here is truly unique When you work in an environment that has a higher purpose and positively impacts others then it no longer feels like work We ve seen that spirit Ubuntu take hold firmly this year and spread beyond our team to our fanbase and the media so brilliantly documented in Rouleur magazine after Victor Campenaerts stage win at the Giro d Italia We rose as the Africa team from South Africa to include all of Africa from road biking to mountain biking to women s cycling and finally focusing on bringing an African registered road team to the Tour de France We went from a continental team to a professional team that won Milan Sanremo a monument in our first season to become a WorldTour team for the last six years We have advanced Africa in cycling we have moved people through Qhubeka and we will continue our movement for bicycles to change people s lives The fact that the world championships are held in Rwanda in 2025 is a testament that many work together and believe in the potential of Africa Not having an African team in the first two tiers of men s cycling is a significant moment and something we all need to reflect on particularly in light of where the world and the sport are at right now We had some amazing interactions during our search for a senior partner to secure our future but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement in time But the Qhubeka team keeps moving forward our continental team will compete and we have other exciting projects and ideas that will keep us using our platform to change lives with bicycles Our work with Qhubeka Charity has truly inspired us and will continue to do so It should be a story that inspires all of cycling and beyond and we want you to be part of our journey To all of our past current and future partners I want to thank you for your faith and your belief in what we want to achieve One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that we have always done our best and you are committed to doing so in the future To all of our staff and riders past and present thank you for your dedication and support see you soon
    Team Qhubeka is Still Moving Forwards
    Africa9 months ago

    Team Qhubeka is Still Moving Forwards

    We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport.

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 24, 2021 / APO Group / -

    We are deeply saddened to confirm that our hopes of competing as a UCI WorldTour team in 2022 have come to an end. This follows an extensive global quest, during this unprecedented time, to secure the long-term future of the team.

    In recent days, our last possibility to continue at that level could not be specified, so the decision has been made that the WorldTour operation cease on December 31, 2021.

    This is an extremely disappointing time for our organization. As a team that has strived from the beginning to take a hugely progressive step in cycling through our partnership with Qhubeka Charity, highlighted by our unique purpose-based approach, not being able to continue to do so in 2022 is a significant loss. to the world of cycling.

    Our hit list on the bike has taken us through incredible ups and downs. Many will remember the amazing achievements of Gerald Ciolek, Steve Cummings, Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ben King, Omar Fraile, Kristian Sbaragli, Ben O'Connor, Giacomo Nizzolo, Victor Campenaerts and Mauro Schmid raising their hands in delight as they crossed the finish line. line - in celebration of our purpose.

    Just as important are the moments when Nic Dlamini and Daniel Teklehaimanot made Tour de France history for us, highlighting the challenges African riders face just to get a chance to compete in Europe as in the case of Negasi Haylu Aabreha, the inspiring group of young cyclists from Khayelitsha who traveled with us to the Grand Depart in Brussels and of course the amazing Qhubeka Charity, to name just a few. Our team has been a home for all and has carried the hopes and dreams of a continent and far beyond.

    A Qhubeka bike distribution ceremony is still one of the most incredible events to attend. One that in a single moment fully illustrates the true value of a bicycle and the role it plays in changing lives.

    We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport. For that we will always be grateful and for that we hope that you will continue to support us in the future as we take the next step in our journey.

    Make no mistake, this announcement weighs heavily, but now more than ever it has invigorated and motivated us to rebuild and bet once again on the claim to be competing on the biggest stage in sport, and all while ensuring that we continue to offer a platform. . for Africa's talent to progress to the highest level.

    To that end, the Qhubeka team will continue to operate as a UCI continental team in 2022, which is based in Italy, with our aim to return to the top tier in the near future. Our support for the Qhubeka charity is unwavering for those of us who have raised significant funds and awareness to date.

    More details will be communicated in due course.

    Douglas Ryder - Team Principal

    On Thursday I sent an internal message to our staff and riders to break the news. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. The responses have been very emotional and supportive.

    It gave me such faith and conviction that what we have done here is truly unique; When you work in an environment that has a higher purpose and positively impacts others, then it no longer feels like work.

    We've seen that spirit, Ubuntu, take hold firmly this year and spread beyond our team to our fanbase and the media; so brilliantly documented in Rouleur magazine after Victor Campenaerts' stage win at the Giro d'Italia.

    We rose as the Africa team from South Africa, to include all of Africa; from road biking to mountain biking to women's cycling and finally focusing on bringing an African-registered road team to the Tour de France.

    We went from a continental team to a professional team that won Milan Sanremo, a monument, in our first season to become a WorldTour team for the last six years. We have advanced Africa in cycling, we have moved people through Qhubeka and we will continue our movement for bicycles to change people's lives. The fact that the world championships are held in Rwanda in 2025 is a testament that many work together and believe in the potential of Africa.

    Not having an African team in the first two tiers of men's cycling is a significant moment and something we all need to reflect on, particularly in light of where the world and the sport are at right now. We had some amazing interactions during our search for a senior partner to secure our future, but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement in time.

    But the Qhubeka team keeps moving forward, our continental team will compete and we have other exciting projects and ideas that will keep us using our platform to change lives with bicycles. Our work with Qhubeka Charity has truly inspired us and will continue to do so. It should be a story that inspires all of cycling and beyond, and we want you to be part of our journey.

    To all of our past, current and future partners, I want to thank you for your faith and your belief in what we want to achieve. One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that we have always done our best and you are committed to doing so in the future.

    To all of our staff and riders past and present, thank you for your dedication and support, see you soon.

  •   Approximately 17 of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo JOHANNESBURG South Africa December 21 2021 APO Group In an attempt to attract a good mix of business and leisure travelers Limpopo Tourism positioned itself as a mecca for sports wildlife and industry at Expo 2020 in Dubai last night It was the fourth installment of the Provincial Exhibition organized by the South African Pavilion The series promotes tourism in the nine provinces The pavilion theme Think South Africa Think Opportunity invites investors from around the world to consider South Africa a business destination In recent years Limpopo has expanded its tourism marketing campaign first with a new brand logo an improved website and a catchy hash tag on UnlikeAnyOther As a result tourism represents five percent of the province s economy It has lived up to its hash tag according to Limpopo Tourism Agency LTA Acting Executive Director Moses Ngobeni We have many hidden treasures based on our six tourism groups culture and heritage business and events special interests family and recreation safari and hunting and sports and wildlife You can choose from one of the many great boutique products We can host half 1 large gatherings in the bush with game drives and we have wedding venues like no other A great starting point for leisure tourists Being the northernmost province Limpopo shares its borders with three countries namely Botswana Zimbabwe and Mozambique Its location makes it the ideal starting point for leisure travelers looking to create a regional itinerary in South Africa About 17 of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo International tourists are drawn to the Bela Bela nature conservation area in the Waterberg region the remains of the 10th century town of Mapungubwe and the Kruger National Park that it shares with the province of Mpumalanga Of its six groups the province s wildlife continues to be the draw for foreign visitors Limpopo also attracts more domestic travelers than any other province Ngobeni said Sport as a driver of tourism Limpopo uses sport as a means to boost tourism in the province However unlike most other provinces in the country it is bringing a unique twist to the sporting events it hosts Ngobeni said Limpopo has combined golf and wildlife in an attempt to offer an exclusive experience We have unique golf courses where there is wildlife Hence our golf courses are managed under the concept of golf and play It also hosts the annual Tour de Limpopo a multi day road stage race rated 2 2 Union Cycliste Internationale making it a globally recognized cycling event It is part of the UCI Africa Tour and takes cyclists through some of the most emblematic places in the province Limpopo is also creating a home for extreme sports in the former mining town of Thabazimbi in Waterberg Ngobeni said it is scheduled to host an international event in September next year Foreign investors can take a bite out of agriculture and industry The province is taking important steps to improve its agriculture and industry both of which are worth a look for investors according to the chairman of the board of the Limpopo Tourism Agency The province is the citrus capital of South Africa due to its pleasant climate throughout the year Mining is also one of the economic activities of which there is a large endowment of metals from the platinum group and diamonds Mining in particular contributes 24 5 of the province s GDP Limpopo s Economic Growth and Development Plan aims to build a more industrialized economy that drives job creation The R150 billion Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone SEZ seeks to take advantage of the province s connection with neighboring countries More than 20 000 jobs are expected to be created in the minerals mineral processing energy and logistics sectors Ngobeni said Limpopo presents abundant opportunities for both leisure and business tourists and is ready to welcome them with open arms Limpopo is ready to receive visitors from the United Arab Emirates and all visitors from various markets that South Africa has Today s provincial exhibition will take audiences to both Gauteng and the Eastern Cape at 4 00 PM and 6 00 PM Gulf Standard Time respectively To view these events please register on the pavilion s online portal
    Limpopo boasts tourism experience #UnlikeAnyOther
      Approximately 17 of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo JOHANNESBURG South Africa December 21 2021 APO Group In an attempt to attract a good mix of business and leisure travelers Limpopo Tourism positioned itself as a mecca for sports wildlife and industry at Expo 2020 in Dubai last night It was the fourth installment of the Provincial Exhibition organized by the South African Pavilion The series promotes tourism in the nine provinces The pavilion theme Think South Africa Think Opportunity invites investors from around the world to consider South Africa a business destination In recent years Limpopo has expanded its tourism marketing campaign first with a new brand logo an improved website and a catchy hash tag on UnlikeAnyOther As a result tourism represents five percent of the province s economy It has lived up to its hash tag according to Limpopo Tourism Agency LTA Acting Executive Director Moses Ngobeni We have many hidden treasures based on our six tourism groups culture and heritage business and events special interests family and recreation safari and hunting and sports and wildlife You can choose from one of the many great boutique products We can host half 1 large gatherings in the bush with game drives and we have wedding venues like no other A great starting point for leisure tourists Being the northernmost province Limpopo shares its borders with three countries namely Botswana Zimbabwe and Mozambique Its location makes it the ideal starting point for leisure travelers looking to create a regional itinerary in South Africa About 17 of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo International tourists are drawn to the Bela Bela nature conservation area in the Waterberg region the remains of the 10th century town of Mapungubwe and the Kruger National Park that it shares with the province of Mpumalanga Of its six groups the province s wildlife continues to be the draw for foreign visitors Limpopo also attracts more domestic travelers than any other province Ngobeni said Sport as a driver of tourism Limpopo uses sport as a means to boost tourism in the province However unlike most other provinces in the country it is bringing a unique twist to the sporting events it hosts Ngobeni said Limpopo has combined golf and wildlife in an attempt to offer an exclusive experience We have unique golf courses where there is wildlife Hence our golf courses are managed under the concept of golf and play It also hosts the annual Tour de Limpopo a multi day road stage race rated 2 2 Union Cycliste Internationale making it a globally recognized cycling event It is part of the UCI Africa Tour and takes cyclists through some of the most emblematic places in the province Limpopo is also creating a home for extreme sports in the former mining town of Thabazimbi in Waterberg Ngobeni said it is scheduled to host an international event in September next year Foreign investors can take a bite out of agriculture and industry The province is taking important steps to improve its agriculture and industry both of which are worth a look for investors according to the chairman of the board of the Limpopo Tourism Agency The province is the citrus capital of South Africa due to its pleasant climate throughout the year Mining is also one of the economic activities of which there is a large endowment of metals from the platinum group and diamonds Mining in particular contributes 24 5 of the province s GDP Limpopo s Economic Growth and Development Plan aims to build a more industrialized economy that drives job creation The R150 billion Musina Makhado Special Economic Zone SEZ seeks to take advantage of the province s connection with neighboring countries More than 20 000 jobs are expected to be created in the minerals mineral processing energy and logistics sectors Ngobeni said Limpopo presents abundant opportunities for both leisure and business tourists and is ready to welcome them with open arms Limpopo is ready to receive visitors from the United Arab Emirates and all visitors from various markets that South Africa has Today s provincial exhibition will take audiences to both Gauteng and the Eastern Cape at 4 00 PM and 6 00 PM Gulf Standard Time respectively To view these events please register on the pavilion s online portal
    Limpopo boasts tourism experience #UnlikeAnyOther
    Africa10 months ago

    Limpopo boasts tourism experience #UnlikeAnyOther

    Approximately 17% of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 21, 2021 / APO Group / -

    In an attempt to attract a good mix of business and leisure travelers, Limpopo Tourism positioned itself as a mecca for sports, wildlife and industry at Expo 2020 in Dubai last night.

    It was the fourth installment of the Provincial Exhibition organized by the South African Pavilion. The series promotes tourism in the nine provinces. The pavilion theme "Think South Africa, Think Opportunity" invites investors from around the world to consider South Africa a business destination.

    In recent years, Limpopo has expanded its tourism marketing campaign, first with a new brand logo, an improved website, and a catchy hash tag on #UnlikeAnyOther. As a result, tourism represents five percent of the province's economy.

    It has lived up to its hash tag, according to Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) Acting Executive Director Moses Ngobeni. “We have many hidden treasures based on our six tourism groups: culture and heritage, business and events, special interests, family and recreation, safari and hunting, and sports and wildlife. You can choose from one of the many great boutique products. We can host half[1]large gatherings in the bush with game drives, and we have wedding venues like no other. "

    A great starting point for leisure tourists.

    Being the northernmost province, Limpopo shares its borders with three countries, namely Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Its location makes it the ideal starting point for leisure travelers looking to create a regional itinerary in South Africa.

    About 17% of international tourist arrivals to South Africa go to Limpopo. International tourists are drawn to the Bela-Bela nature conservation area in the Waterberg region, the remains of the 10th-century town of Mapungubwe, and the Kruger National Park that it shares with the province of Mpumalanga. Of its six groups, the province's wildlife continues to be the draw for foreign visitors.

    Limpopo also attracts more domestic travelers than any other province, Ngobeni said.

    Sport as a driver of tourism

    Limpopo uses sport as a means to boost tourism in the province. However, unlike most other provinces in the country, it is bringing a unique twist to the sporting events it hosts.

    Ngobeni said Limpopo has combined golf and wildlife in an attempt to offer an exclusive experience. “We have unique golf courses where there is wildlife. Hence, our golf courses are managed under the concept of golf and play ”.

    It also hosts the annual Tour de Limpopo, a multi-day road stage race rated 2.2 Union Cycliste Internationale, making it a globally recognized cycling event. It is part of the UCI Africa Tour and takes cyclists through some of the most emblematic places in the province.

    Limpopo is also creating a home for extreme sports in the former mining town of Thabazimbi in Waterberg. Ngobeni said it is scheduled to host an international event in September next year.

    Foreign investors can take a bite out of agriculture and industry

    The province is taking important steps to improve its agriculture and industry, both of which are worth a look for investors, according to the chairman of the board of the Limpopo Tourism Agency. “The province is the citrus capital of South Africa due to its pleasant climate throughout the year. Mining is also one of the economic activities, of which there is a large endowment of metals from the platinum group and diamonds ”.

    Mining, in particular, contributes 24.5% of the province's GDP.

    Limpopo's Economic Growth and Development Plan aims to build a more industrialized economy that drives job creation.

    The R150 billion Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ) seeks to take advantage of the province's connection with neighboring countries. More than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created in the minerals, mineral processing, energy and logistics sectors.

    Ngobeni said Limpopo presents abundant opportunities for both leisure and business tourists and is ready to welcome them with open arms. "Limpopo is ready to receive visitors from the United Arab Emirates and all visitors from various markets that South Africa has."

    Today's provincial exhibition will take audiences to both Gauteng and the Eastern Cape at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Gulf Standard Time, respectively. To view these events, please register on the pavilion's online portal.