The national swimming team will represent Rwanda at the fifth CANA Zone 3 Swimming Competition slated at Kasarani Aquatic Stadium, in Kenya.
The competition starts Thursday, November 28, and will be concluding Sunday, December 1. It will attract swimmers from the hosts Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, and Eritrea among others.
Rwanda has entered some of the best swimmers such as; Olympian Eloi Maniraguha from Mark Shark swimming club, Amin Harindimana (Vision club), Cederic Niyibizi and Alix Kamali both from Vision Club, Noah Chris Mana (Cercle Sportifs), and Louise Irafasha, also from Vision.
Others include; Joyce Rudaseswa (Gisenyi), Claudette Ishimwe from Karongi swimming club, Debborah Mana (Cercle), as well as Kevin Kaiga and experienced Eric Iradukunda from Karongi club.
Samuel Ufitimana Kinimba, the president of Rwanda Swimming Federation, said that they wished to send a big a contingent of swimmers for each of the different categories but they can’t could not afford to do so because of financial constraints.
While speaking during swimming trials to select the best at Green Hills, Kinimba noted that entering a bigger number of participants would boost the chances of winning medals.
The Rwanda delegation depart Kigali on Tuesday.
Kenya, the host nation, has announced they have entered 80 swimmers, with 40 taking part in competition while the rest will be getting their strength and exposure at the international level.