Team Rwanda receives National flag for Commonwealth Games

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BY: Muha Muhamudu

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Julienne Uwuca, has handed over the Rwandan National Flag to Team Rwanda that will head for Common Wealth Games this month.

While handing the flag to cyclist Joseph Hareruya the chosen team captain in an impressive ceremony attended by attended by media, some officials from federations and the National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC) at Remera Stadium on Friday, Minister Uwacu called on all the athletes to do their best at the games in order to win glory for Rwanda and make Rwandans proud.

“You are not just going to participant in your respective games but you will be representing the whole of Rwanda this is the reason why I am handing over the national flag to you. Rwanda joined the Common Wealth because of the benefits of togetherness.”

“Mult sports is one of the aspects that brings all Common Wealth members together, it’s all about showing the culture of togetherness, you have to perform better to win and in terms of discipline, carry the image as well as the status of your country respectfully. To win you need ambition and passion from day one till the last day.” Minister told the team

While tipping the team to shine, she urged athletes to perform better but with responsibility since they will be competing in different sports disciplines along other better athletes from other countries.

RNOSC unveiled the delegation to represent the country at the forthcoming XXI Commonwealth Games scheduled for April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Queensland – Australia.

Rwanda made her debut in the quadrennial event eight years ago in New Delhi, India, and her second appearance in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland but has never won any silverware.

A total of 17 athletes from four different sporting disciplines will carry the country’s expedition seeking for a historic first Commonwealth Games medal.

Five cyclists namely: Joseph Areruya, Valen Ndayisenga, Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, Didier Munyaneza Jean Claude Uwizeyimana and Jean-Paul Rene Ukiniwabo.

For the first time, Tea, Rwanda will also field female riders: Beatha Ingabire as well as Magnifique Manizabayo.

In athletics,  20-year- old runner Salome Nyirarukundo, will compete in the women’s 10,000m,  others include Alexis Nizeyimana (full marathon), Christopher Tuyishime and James Sugira (men’s 5000m), Beatha Nishimwe (1500m) as well as Alice Ishimwe, who will race in the women’s 800m.

In Para-Powerlifting, Vedeste Niyonziman is the flag holder; Theogene Hakizimana was the first to represent the nation during the 2014 debut.

In beach volleyball, Charlotte Nzayisenga and Denise Mutatsimpundu the reigning continental champions will be tasked to bring back a medal in the CWG’s.

 The first group of athletes will depart on March 24th while the cycling team will leave on March 4th.


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