Sugira departs for IAAF high performance centre

Youngster runner James Sugira departs this morning at 9am aboard a RwandaAir flight for a one-year scholarship programme at the IAAF Eldoret High performance center in Kenya.
James Sugira during last year's Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.( File)
James Sugira during last year's Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.( File)

Youngster runner James Sugira departs this morning at 9am aboard a RwandaAir flight for a one-year scholarship programme at the IAAF Eldoret High performance center in Kenya.

The development was confirmed yesterday by Rwanda Athletics Federation (RAF) technical director, Jean Pierre Ndacyayisenga.

The 18-year old got the scholarship last year in September, a grant that came after the young runner’s impressive show at the All Africa Youth Games in Botswana and Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

“This is a once in lifetime opportunity, I will try using this platform to become the best athlete I have always wanted to be and I know the Eldoret centre is good at producing world class athletes,” Sugira told Saturday Sport in a telephone interview .

He also noted that the scholarship is a big challenge, adding that he will do his best to make the most of the trust bestowed on him by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Sugira, a product of Ruhango Athletics Club, registered his personal best of 3:47:28 in 1500m in Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and has a personal best of 8:40:78 in 3000m.

The Kenya-based HPTC Eldoret Centre is located at 2000m above sea level, and specialises in training middle and long distance runners.

Sugira was initially supposed to start his one-year scholarship training in November but his departure was delayed because the facility was under renovation.

The ‘B’ scholarship programme was initiated by IAAF president Lamine Jack.

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