Uganda plots to reclaim Genocide glory as Rwanda organises the annual Tournament
Kigali, Rwanda, May 31, 2013 - Rwanda will host the 17th edition of the annual Genocide Memorial Volleyball Tournament this weekend in the capital Kigali in presence of more than 25 teams from the surrounding countries.
The competition, which will be organized on Saturday and Sunday, features teams from Kenya, Rwanda Burundi, France, Tunisia, Congo Brazzaville and Tanzania.
The two-day tournament is sponsored by the Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) and will be held in remembrance of 46 (known) members of the volleyball fraternity, including players, coaches, and administrators as well as other Rwandans who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.
Since 1995, Rwandan Volleyball Federation is one of the federations that has organized annual Genocide memorial tournaments in honor of the victims.
“We hope to host a good tournament. We have done our best in terms of preparations and we believe the tournament will go as planned,” said Rwanda Volleyball Federation chairman Gustave Nkurunziza, who confirmed the development to a local daily Times Sport.
The tournament will start Saturday morning where all group matches will be played before the semifinals as well as final matches tomorrow.
APR is defending champion in the men’s category, while Rwanda Revenue is defending champion of the previous event in the women’s category tournament.
The matches will be played at Kimisagara and Amahoro stadium. Other countries are also expected to send their teams; include Burundi, Congo Brazzaville and Tanzania.
In the last decade and hal,f Uganda has managed to claim glory at the Rwandan Tournament on four occasions, through KAVC and KCCA Women.
As the 17th edition commences on Saturday, the two sides together with Sport-S, Nemostars, Sky and Ndejje Elites will battle more than 25 other men and women clubs from Kenya, Rwanda Burundi, France, Tunisia, Congo Brazzaville and Tanzania.