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Rwandan beach
tourney for AIDS
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Much-travelled
Mihajlovic enjoying
life in Cannes
Serbia’s wing-spiker Brankica Mihajlovic is one of the most valuable
additions to the roster, not only of top French club side RC Cannes but
also of her national team. Mihajlovic was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina
but was authorised by the FIVB to switch her allegiance to Serbia,
whom she represented in last year’s London Olympic Games. After
spells in Switzerland and Korea, she is now settled on the French
Riviera, where she has joined national team-mate Milena Rasic. “We
want to win the national league once more this season but we do not
feel any pressure, we simply try to play our best,” says Mihajlovic.
The African 2012 junior champions for both men’s and women’s
beach volleyball took part in a highly successful tournament in
Karongi, western Rwanda at the end of the year to raise AIDS
awareness. The women’s junior champions, Denise Mutatsimpundu
and Charlotte Nzayisenga of Rwanda, struck gold once more but
the men’s champions, Yvan Dukundane and Brian Mugabowingabo
of Burundi, had to settle for silver, losing to Jean Luc
Mbonyuwontuma and Flavier Ndamukunda of Rwanda in the final.
That was our time to prove that we beat them in preliminaries on
merit and we did it,” said Ndamukunda. “We are very happy for
that victory because it is an international victory.”
Serbia’s Brankica Mihajlovic
is happy with life on the
French Riviera
The scene in Karongi where beach
volleyball was playing its part it
raising AIDS awareness