Valery Bukera at Rallye de Ngozi 2019 winner
Premiered in 2014, the event has gained status so quickly in the region hence attracting international competitors to spice it up.
Despite the covid 19 pandemic putting on hold of all sporting activities around the globe, the Club Automobile du Burundi (CAB) stood the ground to organize the 5th edition of this event and scheduled on from 4-6th December.
The scrutineering will take place on 4th and recce as day two on 5th the competition will start from Gashikanwa, to tackle 12 stages before the super special stage on Sunday 6th to announce the winner at Hotel Ruhuka in Ngozi.
Club Automobile du Burundi will offer any competitors wishing to participate in the event with fuel, 200ltrs, 1 drum of Avigas and accommodation for the crew for 3 days at Ruhuka hotel.
The requirements from international competitors will only be a verified covid 19 free/ negative certificate from the ministry of health of thier respective countries, though there will another one hour conducted tests at the border post before entering Burundi.
If COVID19 results are positive ,the quarantine costs will be met by the competitor not the federation note that!!
The deputy secretary of (CAB) and event C.O.C Negamiye Adon told Hapasport that “In this period of COVID19 , we have managed to host a rally thanks to our CMO and the ASN authorities who have been working hand in hand with the local authorities ( Ministry of Health). We also take this opportunity to inform the foreign crews that they will be allowed to enter Burundi borders after showing a negative COVID19’s PCR test taken 72 hours before traveling and on top of that , another test (100usd/pers) will be conducted at the entrance of Burundi borders”.
About international competitors Adon added that “the Rallye de Ngozi is one of the great rally , known in the region since 2014 . This rallye has hosted crews from Belgium , Rwanda , Zambia , DRC , etc.. This year we are expecting to host new guests from Kenya , Tanzania , Uganda and Rwanda . Unfortunately, Muna Singh Jr. has told us officially that the team has sold the 2 Subarus and they can not make it for this year”.
The event will run a total distance of 275.04km but only 160.80km competitive.