RWANDA Basketball Federation has expressed its desire to their Ugandan counterparts to have the Zone V Games postponed so as to give space to the country’s 20th anniversary of the Genocide memorial period slated for April and July.
Speaking to local media this week, Ferwaba president Desire Mugwiza said, “We requested the Uganda basketball federation to have the U19 competition moved since it is a sad period for Rwanda and usually, most of the competitions don’t take place in the country.”
During that period every year, most of the sports activities come to a standstill for the country to remember the sports men and women, fans and administrators who passed away during that period. Among the players killed during the genocide include Emmanuel Ntarugera (Gisembe) , a commonly well-known basketball player from Espoir.
In general, the basketball fraternity lost many players and fans such as Gisembe and others, a reason as to why the country continues to grieve for the athletes who passed away.
Six countries will compete in this year’s Zone 5 in Uganda including Rwanda Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, Burundi and hosts Uganda.