Rwanda has been chosen to host the 2025 Road World Championships, making it the first African country to do so.
Rwanda Cycling Federation (FERWACY) reported the news on their Twitter account.
“The UCI Road World Cycling Championships will be held in Rwanda (Kigali) in 2025. This will be Africa’s first time hosting a major international event “the tweet reads.
Rwanda is vying alongside Morocco to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2025.
Around 5,000 riders and 20,000 delegates attend the UCI Road World Championship.
Wollongong, Australia, will host the 2022 Road World Championships, followed by Glasgow and Zurich in 2023 and 2024.
Rwanda won the proposal after the International Cycling Union (UCI) President, David Lappartient, visited the country in May 2021 to attend the Tour du Rwanda.
On Sunday, May 2nd, 2021, Lappartient presided over the tournament’s opening stage, which was won by Colombian Brayan Sanchez.
He was joined by a UCI technical team that was evaluating Rwanda’s capacity to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2025.
As the race got underway, Lappartient praised the preparations for this year’s edition, which took place from May 2nd to 9th, 2021.
After the UCI invited applications from African nations, Rwanda made a bid for the races in September 2019, with Morocco also bidding.