Ferwafa set to lose

Sports Minister Protais Mitali

Rwanda Football Federation is among several sporting federations which will lose funding from the government due to fail to secure legal status by December 31, 2013.

The federations namely; Ferwafa, Boxing, Ascoki, Badminton, Tennis, Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Table Tennis, and Sports Scolaire will henceforth not receive any support from the government and the National Olympic Committee (RNOC) until they acquire legal status.

Although these sports institutions have been operating normally for years without statutes business might no longer be as usual effective today, officials said.

The Minister for Sports and Culture, Protais Mitali, said on New Year’s Eve that the federations which will not abide by the deadline will never get any sort of funding from the government in 2014.

“We are strict on this, without legal status, there is no support from the government. We can now operate under the right structures, with clarity of the rights and obligations of each party.”

“For those that have not yet legalised their existence, they will no longer receive any form of assistance from neither the ministry nor the National Olympic Committee,” the minister insisted.

The federations/associations that have attained legal status include; Kung-fu, Karate, Volleyball, Basketball, Cycling (provisional), National Paralympics Committee, Association Rwandaise des Médecins de Sports and Chess.