Since sport in Rwanda is currently a priority under the Ministry of Sports, 2021 was quite a stressful period for the new ministry in view of the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The East African takes a closer look at major issues and Events that highlighted the year.
First BAL Games
The country made strides on the continental and global stage to successfully host the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) in May at Kigali arena. In the opening season, 12 club teams from 12 countries (Angola, Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, Madagascar, Mozambique and Rwanda) competed in 26 games.
Egyptian side defeated Zamalek Tunisia’s US Monastir 76-63 and won the trophy.
The partnership between the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) and the US National Basketball Association (NBA), BAL, which builds on the foundation of the club’s competitions Fiba Regional Office Africa marked the NBA’s first collaboration outside of North America.
As part of their Covid-19 response in support of Rwanda, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Kigali and met with President Paul Kagame on May 27 Grant of 1.5 million euros (1.7 billion Rwanda francs) to be signed.
Dr to start and implement a sc. to support the Hoolean sports policy of the Rwandan ministries for education and sport as well as the introduction of ISONGA, a national excellence program.
Ferwafa to be the new boss
In June the association of the Rwanda Football Association ( Ferwafa) elected Olivier Mugabo Nizeyimana as his new president.
Nizeyimana, former president of Mukura Victory Sports Club in Huye district and businessman who owns Volcano Rwanda Ltd, a local transportation company, and Hyundai Rwanda won the title with 52 votes out of 59, to wash Louis Rurangirwa clean in order to secure a four-year term.
Ferwafa did this during an extraordinary general assembly, after Brig. elect a new executive committee. Gen Jean Damascene Sekamana, the former head of the association in April.
Many football fans have long blamed the Ferwafa management for the poor performance of the national football team at championships at the highest level.
By . Suspended African Nations Volleyball Championship
The women’s national volleyball team has been suspended from the 2021 African Nations Volleyball Championship after Nigeria filed a complaint in September contesting the nationality of four Rwandan players .
As a result, Rwanda, which hosted the tournament, was indefinitely suspended from the competition, their previous games were canceled and the association was canceled.
Thereafter, Jean de Dieu Bagirishya became the The second Vice President of the Rwanda Volley Federation in charge of operations was arrested by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau on allegations of forging said documents.
While the Ministry of Sports was organizing the tournament, the games began and the final took place held on September 19. Cameroon became champions after defeating Kenya.
Contract with Arsenal FC extended
In his efforts In an effort to boost tourism through the Visit Rwanda campaign, the country renewed its Arsenal football club Visit Rwanda contract, which is valued at $ 100 million and runs until 2025. The original three-year contract expired in May.
Although the survey conducted by the Rwanda Development Board said the likelihood of tourists visiting Rwanda as a result of the first partnership with the European team rose from 35 percent in 2019 to 41 percent in 2020.
This includes Paris Saint Germaine (PSG), a French soccer team that came on board for the same reason to promote Rwandan tourism.