Tanzania's cyclists keen on winning medals in Africa race

13Feb 2018
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Tanzania's cyclists keen on winning medals in Africa race

SIX Tanzania cyclists are in Rwanda to battle it out in this year's International Cycling Union (UCI) 's Africa Continental Road Championships which get underway in Kigali today.

Cyclists put their skill to show during a recent race in Mwanza.

Tanzania Cycling Association secretary general Godfrey Mhagama said the event will end on Sunday.

He mentioned cyclists representing Tanzania at the event as Richard Laizer, Hamis Hussein, Gerald Konda, Masunga Dubai, Seni Konda and Boniphace Simon.

Mhagama said although the competition will be very difficult, he is optimistic that the cyclists will perform well at the event, which has attracted cycling power houses like South Africa, Morocco, Eritrea and hosts Rwanda.

"We are here as an average team but I'm fully confident that our riders will perform well and bring home medals," Mhagama disclosed.

"It won't be easy because we will compete against top sides like Eritrea, South Africa, Morocco and Rwanda, who are respectively on top four in Africa."

The Africa Continental Cycling Championships are a series of cycling races held annually in Africa where the African cyclists decide who will be the champion for the year to come. They have been held since 2005.

The championships were last year held in Egypt. Rwanda uses this year's cycling championships to promote its tourism.

The six-day continental championships' opening ceremony was set to be held at the Golden Tulip Hotel yesterday.

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