In the words of Nelson Mandela, “the doyen of African history, Sport has the power to change the world….it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
During the next two weeks, the sporting world will be speaking the same language as the 31st edition of Olympic Games takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rwanda’s female duo of Claudette Mukasakindi and Salome Nyirarukundo jetted out the country today to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and they’ll be joined by their countrymate who train in Netherland Uwiragiye Ambroise.
Mukasakindi will represent the country in the women’s full marathon on Sunday, August 14 at 2:30pm and Nyirarukundo will compete in the women’s 10,000m scheduled for this Friday at 4:10pm at the Olympic Stadium while Uwiragiye Ambroise will compete in the Men’s Full marathon on Sun, Aug 21st at 2:30 pm.
The 33-year-old Mukasakindi will be making her second appearance at the world’s biggest quadrennial sporting event after making her maiden appearance four years ago in London.
As the team jetted out of the country, determination, confidence and resilient was manifested in the faces of every athletes as each exhibited element of buoyancy ahead of these decorated competitions. Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Mukasakindi Claudette , fresh from a three-month training camp in Iten, Kenya revealed that, with more experience under her belt, she is determined to make amends this time round. Meanwhile, Nyirarukundo fresh from competing at this year’s IAAF World U-20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will be making her Olympics debut.
The 19-year-old qualified during this year’s 20th edition of Africa Athletics Senior Championships that took place in June in Durban, South Africa.
The country will remain in on tenterhooks mood with enthusiastic fans and the country in general cheer Rwandan Athletes.
Rwanda Athletics Federation