FOUR - TIME Tour of Rwanda winner Abraham Ruhumuriza reckons that Team Rwanda’s vast preparations will help Rwanda post a positive display in the Commonwealth Games.
Besides Ruhumuriza, Rwanda will also be represented by Nathan Byukusenge, Nicodem Habiyambere, Gasore Hategeka, Obed Ruvogera and South African based rider Andre Niyonshuti, who jets in this afternoon.
For the last eight weeks, the riders have been mixing it up with lots of sprints and long distance races.
“We have prepared well for the Games and are ready to compete,” Ruhumuriza said.
“Recently, we upped training to five sessions a week. Before that, we were doing 145km on a daily basis which is a good workout. Our new American trainers - Clark Natwick and Scott Nydam have also been very helpful; they have given us very useful tips it being our first high profile competition.”
“They have done a lot to enhance teamwork, sprints and strength training which explains the high confidence levels in the team,” the 30-year-old added.
Team Rwanda is bracing up for a hectic end of 2010 with the Tour of Kigali, Tour of Rwanda and the African Cycling Championship all round the corner.
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There are still plenty of accommodation issues at the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.
Loose wiring and leaky air conditioning units could be seen at Team Scotland’s living quarters, along with unfinished kitchens and missing railings.
“As we entered, water was pouring into the central concourse from a leaking air conditioning unit two floors up,” BBC correspondent Kevin Keane said.
“Inside, bare wiring hangs from the ceilings of the apartments. The kitchens are out of bounds, unfinished and there are some internal balcony areas without railings.”
Some parts of the complex remained “no-go areas”.
Only a few of the 71 nations have so far checked into the games village.
More than 17,000 staff have been employed to ensure the security of the Games, including 63 guards with automatic weapons who will guard the Glasgow delegation.
7,000 athletes and officials are due to stay at the site for the duration of the Games, which are due to begin on October 3.