Ngirente was speaking Sunday in Kigali at a reception to celebrate the successful completion of the 9th edition of Tour du Rwanda.
Speaking on behalf of President Paul Kagame, Ngirente thanked the organisers, teams and sponsors of this year’s event.
He said that Tour du Rwanda is in line with Rwanda’s seven-year program to make it a World class and high end ecotourism destination.
According to Ngirente, following this year’s competition that attracted 15 teams numbering 73 riders from 18 nations; it is a proof that the annual event has started making Rwanda a top cycling destination.
“As we aim to see the Tour du Rwanda upgraded from its current 2.2 status to the 2.1 status, Rwanda re-affirms its unconditional support to cycling in particular and to other sports in general,” he pledged.
This year’s Tour du Rwanda wound up on Sunday and was won by a Rwandan, Joseph Areruya, playing for South African based team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.