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The rally was won by the pair of Ponsiano Lwakataka and Paul Musaazi (52:02.55) who cruised a Subaru Impreza STi N12B.
Minister Ogwang tips FMU Peter Ogwang, Central Motor Cross, Kaliro Sugar Rally, Motorsport Clubs of Uganda
Minister of State for Sports Peter Ogwang only took on the office three months ago and he already seems like the right man for the job. He has emphasized developing sports from grass root levels on top of viable funding.
On the weekend, he found himself in Eastern Uganda for the 2022 Central Motor Cross (CMC) Kaliro Sugar Rally that took place in Jinja, Iganga, and Bugweri Districts, covering 303kms in total distance. The rally was won by the pair of Ponsiano Lwakataka and Paul Musaazi (52:02.55) who cruised a Subaru Impreza STi N12B. Hassan Alwi and Joseph Kamya (52:05.36) finished second while Arthur Blick and flag Alistair Blick (56:21.15) got the last podium place.
While there, Ogwang delivered some good news for the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) and the rally fraternity in general. At the event, Ogwang promised to hand the federation a Shs200m package through the Ministry for every organized event. He also tasked them to traverse the country with such events to help the sport grow. “I want to commend the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU) for the job well done. I, however, challenged them to have such events organized in different regions of Uganda to boost local tourism,” said Ogwang.
Motorsport has one of the biggest fan bases in the country and Ogwang wants to see it grow even bigger in different parts of the country. He is optimistic that the sport’s massive following has what it takes to economically benefit the different stakeholders in other parts of the country. These include food vendors, media houses, official rally staff, and stewards among others.