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Hassan Alwi bows out of Jinja Rally over Sexy Speed Name


Hassan Alwi bows out of Jinja Rally over Sexy Speed Name

Arans Tabaruka

By Arans Tabaruka 

Hassan Alwi (R) with a fellow driver Samuel Bwete (L) his team IUEA has withdrawn from MOSAC Rally in Jinja.

International University of East Africa’s Rally Crew led by Hassan Alwi and George Mwangi has pulled out of the Jinja Sexy Speed Rally.

In the letter addressed to the FMU President, Dipu Ruparelia, the team cited “the name Sexy Speed Rally” being promoted and its underlying insinuations to women have led to their decision, and doesn’t fit their Institute founding principles/beliefs.

Critics have however given a realistic view on why Hassan Alwi would chicken out of a major rally event (Sexy Speed Rally) than just giving funny excuses. But what would constitute the unfit founding pricinciples of an institution he represents as a Resident Director.

Calculative Hassan Alwi is however 70-point adrift championship leader Duncan Mubiru ‘Kikankane ‘ who currently has 350 points and would need to finish 8th overall to get 35 points, even if Alwi won the event.

Other probable contenders are Fred Kitaka who before extending the championship to 2021 due to the COVID19 pandemic swept through 2020 with no sports activity, Omar Mayanja and Jas Mangat.

Drawing comparisons to previous events before COVID19, Alwi has closely tried to put up competition against the sport’s top boys but has by percentage not been able to humble them on a good day for all.

Starting with the season opener in 2020 in Mbarara, Mubiru won the event, Fred Kitaka came in second as Omar Mayanja sealed the podium slots.

Second NRC hosted in Jinja, Alwi won it, Ponsiano Lwakataka finished second, and Arthur Blick Jnr third. Retirees of that rally included Mubiru, Ronald Ssebuguzi, Godfrey Lubega, and Yasin Nasser as were other favourites of the event.

Hassan Alwi addresses the press at IUEA Campus with his team.

NRC point standings before NRC7:
1. Duncan Mubiru 350
2. Hassan Alwi 280
3. Fred Kitaka 270
4. Omar Mayanja 260
5. Jas Mangat 180

On resumption of sport from COVID19 lockdown in April 2021, at an event hosted in Ssembabule, Mubiru emerged the victor after a one-year rusty sabbatical, Mangat was second and Alwi third.

The NRC4 held in Kasanda was won by Mangat, Mubiru came in second and rookie driver Rajiv Ruparelia got his maiden podium.

At the next stop in Bunyoro, now party spoiler Rajiv Ruparelia registered his first NRC win after winning six of seven stages, was followed by championship leader Mubiru and the crew of Ronald Ssebuguzi managed a third place.

Arans Tabaruka
Arans Tabaruka

Editor and Africa correspondent

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