The Olympic committee boss, Brig. Gen. Charles Rudakubana said in a news conference on Wednesday that ‘Rwanda’s target at the Olympics is to win medals’.
“We never had ample time to prepare for the Olympics because we assumed office amid wrangles a year after the Beijing Olympics,’”
“We managed to do everything to our best in possible shortest time and managed to have four athletes qualify for London; two on wild cards and two on minimas,”
When asked his NOC’s target in London, “Rudakubana said, “What do you think would be our aim really? We will be going there to win medals of course,”
Rudakubana remained dumb when asked to mention his medal hopefuls among the four athletes that have qualified for London Games.
Even with a poor prepared national team which at the moment is made up of Adrien Niyonshuti (mountain bike), Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon), Fred Yannick Uwase Sekamana (Judo) and Alphonsine Agahozo (swimming), Rudakubana is optimistic that they will defy odds to hand Rwanda their first Olympic medal since 1984 when the country made their debut in the Olympic games held in Los Angeles, USA.
It is only in 2004 when retired athlete Jean de Dieu Nkundabera pleased the Greek gods by winning a Paralympic bronze medal in the Men’s 800 m T46 clocking 1:58.95.
Rwanda’s contingent to London Games will be seen off on July 4 at Lemigo hotel ahead of their departure set for the following day aboard SN Brussels.
The team will spend two weeks at West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre which was chosen by the country to host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams as they prepare for London 2012.
They will join the Olympic village in London on July 18 to fine tune ahead of the Games which will be kicking off in nine days’ time.