KAMPALA- The FIA Funding Review Commission has approved a grant of approximately Sh215m for the FMU, the local body governing motorsports in the country.

The development was revealed by Dusman Okee, the FMU president, during the meeting between the sports’ technical team and drivers held at Zion Hotel, on Sunday. “FIA approved our grant but we have decided to divert from our original plan to use the Sh215m to buy a timing system,” Okee said.

“The process of making an order for the clocks is going on, and probably they will have arrived by the third NRC event next year.”

During ‘Uncle’ George Kagimu’s term as president, FMU bought a timing system which would later be used for three competitive sections in the National Rally Championship but has not been serviced since.

Last year before the Pearl Rally, Surinder Thatthi, the vice president FIA Sport Africa, told this reporter that member countries should apply to the FIA Funding Review Commission as there was enough money from Formula One.

He said member countries could apply for a maximum Shs200m (50,000 euros) a year, money which could be used for training officials as well as updating the timing system and bettering safety equipment.
Meanwhile, Okee appealed to the sports fraternity not to bring one another down.

“The federation is not my property; it is for all of us. Let us build the sport instead of tearing each other apart, which will chase away our sponsors.”

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