RWANDA will field two teams at this year’s sub-zone 8 (East and Central Africa) beach volleyball tournament slated to run from December 2-4.
The competition is a qualifier for the ground-breaking CAVB Continental Beach Volleyball Cup – a new qualification system for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Rwanda volleyball federation’s technical director Christian Hategikimana yesterday revealed the teams as; Jean Luc Mbonyuwontuma and Flavien Ndamukunda while Pierre Marshal Kwizera will pair up with Fidele Leon Mutesi.
The players have started training at Kimihurura.
Rwanda will battle against Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Somalia for the lone qualifying slot.
With 42 teams looking to qualify for the 2012 Olympics through the new system, which includes three phases - subzone, zonal and final; the emphasis on the CAVB Continental Beach Volleyball Cup is on participation with all 42 teams in the sub-zonal phase guaranteed to advance to the zonal phase.
Rwanda needs to earn a zonal slot to qualify for the continental finals were the overall winner will earn an automatic slot to the London 2012 Games, while the first and second runners up will qualify for the FIVB World Beach Volleyball Cup, earning another chance to clinch a place at the Olympic Games.