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International Cycling Tour cancelled over Ebola

04/10/2014 15:38

The 28th edition of the International Cycling Tour of Burkina Faso, scheduled for Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, has been called off. 


The event was called off because of the ongoing fight to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease that is currently raging in some West African countries, PANA reported on Friday.Burkina Faso's Communications Minister Alain Edouard Traoré has said it was better to be prudent in organising such events because of the EVD epidemic in the region. 


"This is the reason why we have decided to defer a number of activities, including the International Cycling Tour," he explained.


The International Cycling Tour of Burkina Faso has been a yearly event without interruption for 28 years. 


Fifteen teams, including four from Europe, had confirmed their participation in the race this year. 


The countries are Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Morocco and Togo.


Source - NAN

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