Muhazi swimming competition set for today


Last year, the event attracked few swimming fans including residents around Muhazi Lake but organisers expect a larger crowd. J. Muhinde

The 3rd edition of Murambi-Inyambo-Muhazi swimming competition is scheduled to be held on Saturday at Muhazi Beach Hotel in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province.

The event organized by Thousand Kilo’s Women Canoe Kayak and Aquatic Sports Club, in partnership with the Rwanda Swimming Federation, will see competitors racing a distance of one kilometer across Lake Muhazi.

Rwanda Swimming Federation president, Samuel Ufitimana said the competition will also be used as an opportunity to sensitize the masses, who live the around the lake, to be vigilant while swimming.

“Deaths have been reported since some residents drown because they don’t have the skills to swim, as the competition takes place, it will be an opportunity to educate residents about swimming safety,” he told Saturday Sport.

Ufitimana added that, “We also want to use the event itself to encourage residents around the lake to take up swimming as a sport.”

In the last edition, Rwandan Olympian Agahozo Alphonsine from Cercle Swimming Club won the women’s category followed by Orsolla Rwabukwandi from 1000 Kilos and her teammate Lidwine Uwase took bronze.

National swimmer Eloi Imaniraguha from Zenith Karongi won men’s category, Isihaka Irankunda Vision was second while Fabrice Muhire from 1000 Kilos finished third.

According to the event organizers, all five local swimming clubs are expected to be represented—they include; Zenith, Vision Rubavu, 1000 Kilo’s, Cercle and Rwamagana.