Burundi’s racecourse is in the middle of a massive restoration project and the country’s tourism board has announced plans for a racecourse in the capital.
A government press release on Wednesday said the racecourse would open next year and the first race would take place in 2021.
The racecourse’s new name is “Racecourse of the Nation” and will be named after President Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundian President Nana Addo Abassa and the Burundians president, Nana Touta.
It is also expected to be the first non-European racecourse to open in the country.
The announcement comes just days after a Burundia national racecourse, called “Turkman,” opened in the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, on the same grounds.
The project is part of Burundias bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the former Portuguese colony.
The new racecourse will cost $1.4 billion and take five years to complete, the release said.
The Burundis government said it hopes to host a track race between the two countries by the end of 2021.
This is the first time a Burkina-based racecourse has been named after a leader.
President Nkubo said the country is “looking forward to its participation in the 2020 Olympic and Olympic Games in Brazil,” the release added.
The press release noted that President Nkoana Akufo-Addo, the new Burundiang leader, is “ready to take part in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.”
Akufi-Addos predecessor Nkowa Umaru has been quoted as saying that he will be the “final choice” of Burkias team.