Rwanda National Paralympic Committee has hinted that the recent talent detection throughout the country will help produce future Paralympic stars on the international level.
A total of 74 youngsters living with disabilities from 23 districts across the country were brought together and trained during what the NPC called ‘Athletics training camp’, last week, in Kigali.
NPC Rwanda president Celestin Nzeyimana says the camp was organised to identify young athletes with talent as part of preparation for future international competitions at levels.
One of the key competitions ahead is the All African Games set for next year in the Republic of Congo. Rwanda will also be seeking qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as Tokyo 2020 Games.
“We have seen many talented youngsters who could become very good athletes in few years to come, and we want to invest in this kind of talent detection periodically which will help unearth raw talents,” Nzeyimana told Times Sport on Saturday.
Rwanda has produced big name Paralympic athletes like Jean de Dieu Nkundabera, who won a bronze medal at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004, and Hermas Muvunyi, who struck gold at the IPC World Championships in Paris in 2013.
The national Sitting Volleyball team participated in 2012 London Paralympics Games.