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International Wushu tournament held to
commemorate end of Rwandan genocide

KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- An international Wushu (Chinese Kung-Fu) tournament aimed at commemorating the end of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 closed here on Sunday. Five athletes from five African countries walked away from the tournament with titles.

The two-day tournament was hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Rwanda-College of Education in partnership with the Rwanda Kung-Fu Wushu Federation. The event attracted over 200 athletes from Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.    The participants competed in “Sanda” and “Taolu”, including Wubu Quan, Chang Quan,Gun Shu and Dao Shu.

The Chinese ambassador to Rwanda, Rao Hongwei was among the dignitaries that awarded medals to the winners.

Zhang Xian, the Chinese director of the Confucius institute of Rwanda, said that the tournament provides a platform for strengthening mutual understanding and respect among the participants.

He also added that the tournament can build friendships.

Marc Uwiragiye, the president of Rwanda Kung-Fu Wushu Federation said that the tournament helps to highlight the importance of combating “genocide ideology” around the world. He also added that the tournament helped to raise the profile of Kung-Fu in Rwanda.

Officially established in 2012, the Rwanda Kung-Fu Wushu Federation now has around 2,000 members, according to Uwiragiye. “But we have more lovers of Kung-Fu,” he said. “Many people in Rwanda are really interested in Kung-Fu, and parents now start to introduce their children to Kung-Fu,” he added.

           

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