The late legendary rally driver, Riyaz Kurji’s family has stopped the local Motorsport federation (FMU) from hosting any event bearing the name of their family members.
Wrangle stricken local motorsport governing body Federation of Uganda Motorsport (FMU) led by embattled President George Kagimu wanted to host a motocross event in the memory of the late rally ace in the coming few months but negotiations with family members had fallen out.
“They can’t (Kurji family) let the deceased’s legacy want to be party of a federation that is embroiled in wars,” a reliable source who preferred anonymity told Pepper Sport on Friday morning.
On May 2, 2009, while leading Uganda’s most prestigious rally on day two, Kurji, 45, died moments after crashing his 2005 pro-drive Subaru Impreza N8. His co-driver Sayed Kari survived without any major injuries.
Consequently, he was declared the winner becoming the first posthumous winner of an Africa Rally Championship days after he was laid to rest on May 5 with his devote fans asking FMU to start an annual event in his memory.
Last week the FMU boss Kagimu suspended drivers Duncan Mubiru, Nasser Mutebi, Geoffrey Nsamba and John Burrows Lumu for a staggering 2190 days – 6 years if you like for fighting for their lives.
The banned drivers were accused of questioning the failure of the supreme body of the sport to institute administrative checks and balances that organise the various rally events