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FMU warns against MAU's inaugural race

By Johnson Were

Added 7th February 2020 04:26 PM

FMU president Dipu Ruparelia on Friday announced that the event is illegal and cautioned riders who wish to participate.

FMU warns against MAU's inaugural race

FMU president Dipu Ruparelia on Friday announced that the event is illegal and cautioned riders who wish to participate.

Ruparelia address the media at Lugogo. PHOTOS: Johnson Were

The inaugural Motorcycling Association of Uganda (MAU) Challenge due next Sunday in Busiika has faced resistance from the Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda (FMU).

FMU president Dipu Ruparelia on Friday announced that the event is illegal and cautioned riders who wish to participate in the event on Febuary 16, 2020, in Luwero district to be ready for consequences.

Dipu said his first task after taking power was to engage all stakeholders to forge a way forward but noted he was taken aback by the new developments.

"It is true they have concerns, but they must be addressed through the proper channels. The new process will damage the game," Dipu said.

"The event is not sanctioned by FMU and shall not count points in the championship. However, we are open to discussion to sort out this problem and promote the sport," he added.

Ruparelia address the media at Lugogo. PHOTOS: Johnson Were

He warned that they are the government in power and the only mandated body to manage motorsport sport in the country.

"FMU is the only sole body affiliated to the National Council of Sports and any new body is illegal. Anyone who is aggrieved should come to us so that we can sit on a table and discuss a way forward," he stressed.

Dipu wondered why a break away is happening at a moment when he has just come into office without giving him the chance to address their grievances.

The press conference was attended by Enduro club president Tendo Mutale, Jimmy Akena, Uganda Motocross Club (UMX), deputy vice-president in charge of motocross, Kisitu Mayanja, vice-president Shemmy Ssenkatuka, secretary Leila Mayanja and assistant secretary Earnest Ziwa.

  Ruparelia with his executive before holding a press briefing

Akena denied his club being part of the MAU program.

"We have not had any meeting concerning a breakaway. I only attended one that was to get a sole candidate and advised them to be within the provisions of the constitution, "Akena said.

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