23 Dec 2019

Located in Central Africa, one of the continent’s smallest countries, major steps forward are being made in Rwanda.

Under the presidency of John Bosco Birungi, the Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF) recently signed a Memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR).

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

NISR is a government agency responsible for collecting, analysing, archiving and disseminating national statistical data to support the government of Rwanda in making evidence based decisions.

According to the Media Officer of RTTF, Daniel Ruziga, the Federation will provide equipment and train NISR staff, while the agency will act as springboard for attracting other government agencies to the sport. Ultimately an inter-agency competition is expected.

“By way of enhancing exchanges and co-operation at all levels and sharing development experience, we will be able to cement the foundation for the sound, steady and sustained growth of the sport. The memorandum of understanding and the equipment are part of the Federation development programme aimed at developing and promoting table tennis in schools and the general public. Our focus is at grassroots, especially young people so that the sport can be played professionally.

We have organised, competitions in partnership with the Ministry of Sports, Rwanda School Sports Federation and The Chinese Embassy and so that we can start nurturing players.” John Bosco Birungi

Equally positive

A positive approach as always from John Bosco Birungi, it was the same from Ivan Murenzi, the NISR Deputy Director-General.

“Table Tennis has proven effective in enhancing mental agility due to the quick reflexes it demands, both of which are important in the work we do. So take it as an exercise activity that will improve your body and mind.” Murenzi said.

Likewise Munyanziza Gervais, who witnessed the signing on behalf of the Ministry of Sports, was equally buoyant.

“The Federation has come from far; today the body is vibrant since they are doing something to develop table tennis. It is good to see RTTF involved in schools and grassroots programmes. The government of Rwanda has partnerships aimed at discovering and nurturing talent. These should be given priority especially that we have facilities and like-minded federations which we can take advantage of.” Munyanziza Gervais

A warm handshake (left) Ivan Murenzi and (right) John Bosco Birungi; (centre) Munyanziza Gervais looks on (Photo: courtesy of Rwanda Table Tennis Federation)
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