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Rwanda is in deliberations to host Formula One

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame held a meeting with Formula One’s CEO Stefano Domenicali to discuss the possibility of Rwanda hosting an F1 race in the future.

Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa in terms of size and budget but one of the most ambitious nevertheless.

It recently hosted the Africa Nations Championship, World U17 Championship and NBA All-Star Championship.

Thanks to his love for sports, President Kagame has a regional football league named after him.

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The CECAFA Club Cup has been known as the Kagame Interclub Cup since 2002 when President Kagame began sponsoring the competition.

Former Machakos governor Alfred Mutua had promised that his county would host the formula one races but finished his term of office before actualising the dream.

LEFT: Governor Alfred Mutua. RIGHT: The promised Formula 1 track.

An F1 race circuit’s length is 4km of tarmac while the rally cross track is 1.8km which is a mixture of gravel and tarmac surface.

In 2017, Forbes noted that it would cost Sh120 trillion to host an F1 race in Kenya.

F1 is the highest class of international racing for open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de I’ Automobile (FIA).

Its season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix which take place worldwide on both purpose-built circuits and closed public roads.

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This year, there are 22 events that began on March 20 and end on November 20, 2022.

The following countries are set to host and have already hosted this year’s F1 races; Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Emilia Romagna, Miami, Spain, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Canada, Great Britain, Austria, France, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Singapore, Japan, United States of America, Mexico and Brazil.

F1 has not been to Africa since 1993 but Mr Domenicali mentioned his desire for races to return to Africa- to make it a true World Championship.

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