By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Motorsport, just like other sports activities, was brought to a halt back in March when President Yoweri Museveni suspended all sports and other activities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
In October, the President lifted the suspension on all open space sports activities on grounds that sportsmen and women would follow the Ministry of Health’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
For motorsport however, discussions have been going on between the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) and stakeholders about when to resume racing, and a consensus has been reached.
In a press conference held Wednesday, FMU announced a new schedule for motorsport races and in this schedule, the suspended 2020 activities have been merged with those of 2021, so the new conflated National Rally Championship will start next year in March, with an event hosted by Southern Motor Club.
“If the COVID-19 crisis reduces to a bit of a breather, we expect some beautiful things to come out of motorsport,” FMU president Dipu Ruparelia said during the presser.
Dipu also hinted on the plans the federation has for the health of its drivers when the races resume. Drivers will be afforded medical insurance that will cover them both during the rally events and outside them.
“We are looking at giving medical insurance to all our competitors. This medical insurance is not (only) during events. COVID-19 has taught us that you can actually fall sick even if you are not at an event.” Dipu explained.