By Fredrick Kalyango
Uganda Motocross National Team Captain, Maxime Van Pee, says the COVID-19-induced suspension of all sporting activity was a blessing in disguise to him because it offered him an opportunity to regain full fitness for competition when it later returns.
Since suffering an injury in August 2017 during the FIM Africa Championship in Botswana, it has never really returned to business as usual for the 26-year-old, whose target is now to dominate the sport following the retirement of 11-time-record-title-holder, Arthur Blick Jr.
“I needed this break to recover so that I resurrect my dream of dominating this championship when the waters settle,” Van Pee told Sanyuka TV. “I am now feeling better and have started personal training in line with the Government’s guidelines. I know I am ready for any challenge now,” he added.
Van Pee had been set to miss most of the season had there not been a suspension to sport due to a ligament injury he picked up while taking part in a fans’ event at the Busiika MotoCross Arena.
By the time the Motocross season was brought to a halt, only one calendar event had been held, organized by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of Uganda (FMU). Van Pee, however, subscribes to rival faction, Motorcycling Association Uganda (MAU), and speculation is that he missed that round because of his non-subscription to the former.
FMU is in its preparations for the conclusion of the 2020 calendar and has submitted its Standard Operating Procedures to the National Council of Sports, which include staging fan-free events in addition to reducing the mechanical teams of both riders and rally crews.
With FMU targeting October 2020 for the resumption of action, it remains to be seen if Van Pee will participate.
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