Sports need a new lease of life in 2011 by New Times on 01/01/2011

There was little activity in athletics, boxing, tennis, chess and swimming this year.


Worst year for Disi

Rwanda’s ace athlete Dieudonne Disi failed to live up to the billing partly because of a recurring hamstring which hampered his performance on the track.

On two different occasions (Kigali marathon and Africa Athletics Championship -10,000m), the 32-year-old athlete pulled out of events at the last minute.

In the Delhi Games, the two-time Olympian pulled out of the 10km race citing a nagging pain in his left leg.


While they managed to field pugilists in the World Youth Championship in Azerbaijan, Singapore Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, the performances were so appalling and Times Sport believes it has everything to do with the fact that the local boxing body lacks an active national championship.


The level of tennis has gone down. Rwanda’s top players Jean Claude Gasigwa, Dieudonne Habiyambere, Olivier Nkunda, Melee Bizimana and Gisele Umumararungu to mention but a few struggled to exert their presence in regional tournaments like the three-legged ITF Futures circuit, Uganda Open, East Africa tennis championship and Davis Cup competitions.


The only plus for the federation was sending youngster Alphonsine Agahozo to compete in the 50m free style competition in the Delhi Games. As expected, she failed to get past the heat stages but she remains a bright prospect.

Jackson Niyomugabo and Ketty Kamanzi also competed in the World Swimming Championship in United Arab Emirates. Niyomugabo recorded a personal best in the 1500m freestyle after clocking 23:27.92.


IT was a quiet year for the intellects.

Times Sports team wishes you a Prosperous 2011



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