Volleyball: Rutsindura memorial tourney set for June 22

Rwanda Energy Group (REG) are winners of the last two editions of Rutsindura Volleyball Memorial Tournament. Sam Ngendahimana.

The 17th edition of the annual Rutsindura Volleyball Memorial Tournament will be held on the weekend of June 22-23, Times Sport has learned.

As has always been the case, the two-day tournament will be organised – and hosted – by Petit Séminaire Virgo Fidelis de Butare, in Huye District.

Rutsindura Memorial Tournament is held in memory of Alphonse Rutsindura, the former national team player and coach who was killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Regarded as one of the country’s most influential figures in local volleyball before 1994, Rutsindura was instrumental in the growth and development of the sport.

He was also a coach at Petit Seminaire de Karubanda (PSB) and lecturer at the University of Rwanda (formerly National University of Rwanda).

Rwanda Energy Group (in men’s category) and APR (women) are title holders, having beaten APR (men) and Rwanda Revenue Authority (women) in last year’s finals, respectively.

Among many hats he wore, Rutsindura was the first Vice President of Rwanda Volleyball Federation (FRVB).