France-based judo star Fred Yannick Sekamana Uwase has been given a wild card to compete in this year’s London Games scheduled for July 27 to August 12.
Uwase was given a slot to compete in London Games by the Olympic Solidarity recently.
The Olympic Solidarity’s head of athletes section Olivier Niamkey confirmed the development recently. He said, “We thank you for your request to the Tripartite Commission Invitation places for Games 2012 Olympics in London,”
“Uwase’s application was carefully considered in conjunction with the International Judo Federation concerned,”
“After reviewing your request, we are pleased to inform you that Uwase has been allocated a place for London Games by invitation,” added Niamkey.
Niamkey added that he is wishing Rwanda good luck in the final preparations for the Olympic Games.
In April, Sekamana failed to go past the first round of the 3rd Africa Judo Championship held in Agadia, Morroco.
The 17-year old Sekamana, who was bidding to snatch a point to enable him compete at London Olympic Games, suffered a first round exit after losing to Chad’s Mazou Abaker Mbairo 2:23 in 73-kg category fight.
The local judo federation have also bid to have Uwase compete in the Africa junior championship due in October in Botswana.
So far, only two athletes; Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (athletics) and Adrien Niyonshuti (cycling) have qualified for the Olympics, while the Paralympics bound athletes include the national sitting volleyball team, power lifting and athletics.
The country is also depending on wildcards in swimming, boxing, taekwondo and athletics (men & women) for the Games, with selected athletes in these respective categories already in training.
Rwanda’s contingent to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympics games will use Rwf214m which includes preparations, pre-game camps, allowances and upkeep for the 50-man delegation.