Over 100 to take part in tennis Genocide memorial tourney.

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A total of 160 tennis players – professionals and amateurs – are talking part  in this year’s Tennis Genocide Memorial Tournament that kicked off on Saturday 8th June

Taking place for seventh consecutive year since, the week-long tournament is one of the memorial events organised by national sports federations every year to honor sportsmen and women killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Unlike in the past years were the competition has been mostly dominated by foreign players from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this year’s tournament, there will be no foreign participant.

Valens Habimana, the Rwanda Tennis Federation’s secretary-general addresses the media

The multi-category tournament has attracted participants in the senior category (above 60 years ), amateur category ,wheel chair, juniors  and professional category.

According to Valens Habimana, the Rwanda Tennis Federation’s secretary-general, the tournament will run for a week and has been organized in conjunction with  Development Bank of Rwanda, Rwanda Stock Exchange, Ministry of Sports and Culture and Rwanda Olympic committee  

The tournament started with the amateurs (veterans) competition before the professional category players take to courts on Monday, starting with the first round.

Top seed Ernest Habiyambere, Olivier Havugimana, Dieudonné Habiyambere and youngster Etienne Nigena are some of the players to watch in the men’s professional contest.

So far nine players and coaches who were killed during the Genocide against Tutsi have been identified and will be honored at this years tourney these include  Kanyamahanga Gaston, Bayingana Jean De Dieu, Rutayisire Fidèle who played Remera Tennis club .Rutahira Vedaste who played for Club Hotel Umubano , Gatera Vicent of Club de Butare  and Rubangura François, Kwitonda Théogène, Ruzindana bakiniraga Club CSK mu Kiyovu

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