One and half months from African championship, Rwandan Taekwondo national team players, doing their preparatory training at Amahoro national stadium are on standby, said the national team captain Kayitare Benon after today’s morning training session.
After one and half months of intensive training, among men, women and para taekwondo senior players no one is yet sure to be on the final list of the team that will represent Rwandan Taekwondo in African championship, scheduled on March 28th in Agadir – Morocco.
All players attending the training are giving all, some decreased weight to fit in their playing category, but still they are afraid that they might not be on that final list.
Mwemezi Cedric is a taekwondo senior male player under 80kg, in Rwandan Taekwondo national team, he has been in injury for several days, but today he is back in training with the team hoping to continue to be fine. He said “I am not yet well healed, but I have to train since it is no longer that bad to do some soft exercise.”
Even without being sure to be selected, they still have the team spirit and the courage to train hard and every day for that competition, they are promising for more medals than last same competition.
As the captain Benon says, “the rhythm of training of today gives hope that they can do more during competition.” And as a leader he is confident to give hope and promises of victory.
Eugene Ntawangundi is the National taekwondo team assistant coach, he said that they have faith in their players this time more than before, because now they started training very early and then they will go in camp before competition, and in that case they expect more favorable result. “It still is hard to determine who is to be on the list, since they have not yet get the fixed number of players to be selected.” Says Eugene advising every player to give maximum of efforts to get chance in selection.
African taekwondo championship is a competition hold by the World taekwondo Africa every two years; it calls together taekwondo senior athletes from all over the continent. It covers different forms of taekwondo such as kyorogi (competition for fighting), poomsae (forms and demonstrations) and para taekwondo. Rwandan taekwondo team won 5 bronze medals in the previous one that was held in Egypt in May 2016.