The Government of Rwanda is expected to flag off the national team to the Olympic Games in London this wednesday in a ceremony set to be held at Lemigo hotel Wednesday evening.
The Games chef de Mission Serge Mwambali said on Tuesday that the event will be aimed at wishing the team good luck as they embark on a tough journey of trying to amend odds by winning an Olympic medal for the first time.
Recently, the Olympic committee boss, Brig. Gen. Charles Rudakubana said in a news conference 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,'”
Rwanda will send athletes including athletes Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon),Adrien Niyonshuti (mountain bike), Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon), Fred Yannick Uwase Sekamana (Judo) and Alphonsine Agahozo (swimming) and Robert Kajuga.
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.