Rwanda Youth beach Volleyball and Tennis teams will today head to Nassau, in the Bahamas ahead of the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games that will be held on July 19-23.
The beach volleyball pair of Penelope Musabyimana and Valentine Munezero, led by coach Christophe Mudahinyuka, have been in residential camp at Golden Tulip Hotel for the last one month.
“We are heading to the tournament with the purpose of doing well. We need to play attractive beach volleyball and we need to finish on top five, but if we can go all way and win a medal, that would be even excellent and memorable,” Mudahinyuka said.
The Commonwealth Youth Games are held every four years and age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18 years. Rwanda will also be represented by Ernest Habiyambere in tennis and cyclist, Eric Nzafashwanayo. Rwanda’s number one tennis player, Habiyambere will be coached by Sylvain Rutikanga
The delegation will be led by Jean de Dieu Mukundiyukuri, who is the Chef de Mission, while Hermine Egerma will be in charge for the girls.
Nzafashwanayo and his trainer Nathan Byukusengenge will travel on Monday.
It will be Rwanda’s first appearance at the youth event since joining Commonwealth in 2009, despite being regular participants in the Commonwealth Games (for seniors) since 2010.