[LETTERS] Here's how Rwanda can win an Olympic medal

Until Rwanda gets serious about its Olympic programme, the country will never produce a medalist. For Nathan Byukusenge's training, Team Rwanda received $3,500 and two plane tickets over 4 years for his training. We raised money in the US to pay for his race bike and SCOTT gave us the bike at a steep discount.

Editor,

RE: “Schurter wins 2016 Olympic mountain bike race as Byukusenge disappoints” (The New Times, August 22).

 

Until Rwanda gets serious about its Olympic programme, the country will never produce a medalist.

 

For Nathan Byukusenge's training, Team Rwanda received $3,500 and two plane tickets over 4 years for his training. We raised money in the US to pay for his race bike and SCOTT gave us the bike at a steep discount.

 

To produce medalists takes a 10 to 20-year commitment to invest in sports; the country has a chance to win it big in such sports disciplines as cycling. But it will not happen in Tokyo either.

If we started today, we may be able to have a medalist by 2024 but the financial commitment and long-term planning is the key. This is why Team GB performed superbly in Rio. It is no accident, it is planning, finances and good training.

Kimberly Moszyk Coats

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