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South Sulawesi to host "Tour de Toraja" in 2012

12th May 2011 | 4.368 Views
Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - South Sulawesi is to host an international cycling event dubbed "Tour de Toraja" in 2012 as part of the regional administration`s efforts to promote the province`s tourism, a local cycling sports official said.

To be organized in parallel with a "Visit South Sulawesi 2012" program, one of the main goals of the event was to make Toraja region`s tourist attractions better known to the international community, Baharuddin Makkasau, chairman of the South Sulawesi chapter of the Indonesian Cycling Association (ISSI), said here Thursay.

At least 25 cyclist teams from 20 countries, including Indonesia as the host, were to compete in the Tour de Toraja which would take place in several stages on routes passing through a number of towns in the region.

"ISSI has entrusted the hosting of the international cycling event to the South Sulawesi administration but we are also preparing ourselves to help make the event a success," Baharuddin said.

Baharudin said smooth road surfaces were an important requirement for the racing event and therefore the regional government must ensure that this requirement was met, especially on the race`s routes in the Topraja region.

Whatever road repairs needed to be done in view of the international cycling event must be completed as soon as possible as the Tour de Toraja would be held in early 2012, he said.(*)