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The Rwandan teams are meant to participate into the forthcoming Commonwealth Olympic games to take place in Australia from 4-15 April, 2018.  It is the first time Rwandan teams participate into sporting activities during the mourning period of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.

This is the first time for the Rwandan teams to take part in any sporting game during the mourning week

The games will take place on Gold Coast and Queensland cities, Australia.

The President of the National Olympic Committee Amb Valens Munyabagisha told Umuseke that Rwandan teams will take part into those games due to the fact that Rwandans are meant to remember the genocide against the Tutsi but don’t lose the sense of life.

Munyabagisha said that the first day of Genocide memorial week, a one minute in remembrance of the Genocide against will be observed by all the teams attending the games in Australia.

He added that all Rwandan teams will wear off pitch kits highlighting the 2018 theme for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi remembrance.

Rwandan players will also wear arm cuffs showcasing that they are mourning Tutsis massacred during the genocide in 1994.

Rwandan teams will be competing in different games including marathon, cycling, para-power lifting and beach volley.

Seventeen players who will take part of the Commonwealth Olympic competition are:

Riders:

Men: Areruya Joseph, Valens Ndayisenga, Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, Didier Munyaneza, Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo,  Jean Claude Uwizeyimana,

Women: Beatha Ingabire and Magnifique Manizabayo.

 Marathon

Alexis Nizeyimana, Christopher Tuyishime na James Sugira (mu bagabo) na Salome Nyirarukundo, Beatha Nishimwe and Alice Ishimwe (women).

 Beach Volleyball:

Charlotte Nzayisenga and Denise Mutatsimpundu

Para-Power lifting:

Theogene Hakizimana

UM– USEKE.RW

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