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Motorsport: local events to resume under strict rules – no fans expected under new conditions

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The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) is eager to restart the 2020 season which was put on hold due to the Coronavirus crisis. The calendar had only two completed events.

The Federation is working together with the National Council of Sports (NCS) for events to return under the slogan “Safety first”.

This comes shortly after the recent guidelines released by the NCS ranked Motorsport as a low-risk event in the spread of the Coronavirus.

“Low-risk sports are those that can be conducted with social distancing, individually and no sharing of equipment between the competitors”

For Motorsport to return FMU has set up preventive measures which will see the rally crew members reduced from 10 to six members. These will include the driver and the co-driver with the four mechanics whereby one will be working as the crew manager.

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The registration to event entry has also been shifted to an online procedure. A quoted statement on the Sanyuka TV website from Ernest Zziwa, the FMU Assistant General Secretary clarifies how the crew is to be reduced and work upon a live coverage of the events for the fans.

The next rally events shall only involve rally crews and rally officials and these will have undergone Coronavirus tests. We are so sorry for our fans but our marketing team is working tirelessly to have a broadcast partner that shall relay these events to our fans live as they happen.”

“The Motorsport rally events shall only involve rally crews and rally officials and these will have undergone Coronavirus tests. We are so sorry for our fans but our marketing team is working tirelessly to have a broadcast partner that shall relay these events to our fans live as they happen,” said Zziwa.

“We have reduced the size of the rally crew members to 6, shifted registration to online, have wider service parks to socially distance all the rally crews in addition to having rallies in isolated venues like farms and plantations”, he added.

The biggest event on the NRC calendar year which doubles as the African Rally Championships (ARC) event was canceled due to safety measures.

The two completed events of Rukaari-Lake Mburo rally organized by Mbarara Motor Club and the IUEA Jinja Rally organized by the Eastern Motor club left Fred Busulwa topping the NRC standings with 130 points whereas the 2019 champion Yassin Nasser is yet to earn a point having missed the Mbarara Rally and retiring on day one in the Jinja Rally.

The top five of the NRC standings
1. Fred Busulwa – 130 points
2. Omar Mayanja – 110 points
3. Hassan Alwi – 100 points
4. Duncan Mubiru – 90 points
5. Ponsiano Lwakataka – 90 points


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