Ouagadougou — Captain Ibrahim Traoré, the President of the Transition and Head of State of Burkina Faso, hosted participants of the 34th Tour du Faso on Monday morning, expressing gratitude for their roles in the successful completion of the race, which saw national athlete Paul Daumont crowned champion.
According to Burkina Information Agency, he conveyed his appreciation to the international teams and the sole European country, Belgium, for participating in the event and bringing joy to the people of Burkina Faso. He particularly commended the Belgian delegation for showing solidarity amidst what he termed “false information” spread by certain Western media. Captain Traoré seized the opportunity to dispel concerns about the country’s security, noting significant strides made against terrorism and assuring that the situation was well in hand.
Paul Daumont, the victor of the 34th Tour du Faso, expressed his pride in the event’s execution, asserting that Burkina Faso proved itself as a country capable of hosting such events successfully. He dedicated his victory to the national Defense and Security Forces and the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland who secured the Tour.
The spokesperson for the international participants, Ivorian cyclist Isiaka Cisse, remarked that the 2023 Tour du Faso fulfilled its expectations. He extended thanks to the Burkinabe authorities and people for the warm welcome and for ensuring the event’s success.