Rwanda Olympic athletes’ preparations at West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre have been affected despite torrential downpours in Britain.
The team’s chef de mission Serge Mwambali said on Wednesday that the team has enhanced their preparations and they have not been interrupted by rain at all.
“The team is fine and everyone is training successfully. Most of our athletes such as swimmers, judo are training indoor but athletes have been obliged to utilize morning training sessions since most downpours occur during the afternoon as well as in the evening,”
Less than two weeks before the start of the 2012 Olympics, British officials and athletes around the globe are bracing for a dark threat to the London Games.
Suggesting scenes of mud-caked Olympians ahead, torrential downpours already have wreaked havoc at recent British sporting events. Massive disruptions turned at least 10,000 spectators away from the Formula One race at Silverstone last week.
Mwambali described the training as good for the athletes who use modern facilities and well qualified expertise at the Bury St Edmunds’s high performance centre.
“The athletes are in good shape. We hope this kind of top facility and qualified expertise will put athletes in shape of performing well,”
The athletes will compete for medals in athletics and boxing while the swimmer will participate on solidarity ticket, ineligible for medal.
Rwanda team is comprised of Claudette Mukasakindi and Robert Kajuga, who will compete in the 10.000m category, Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (half marathon), Yannick Fred Sekamana (Judo) and Alphosine Agahozo (swimming).
Team Rwanda will later join the Olympic village in London on July 18 to fine tune ahead of the Games which kick off on July 27.
In a related development, Rwanda Olympic Committee president Brig. Gen. Charles Rudakubana and secretary general, Parfait Busabizwa are expected to board a Heathrow bound flight on Monday to join the team.