KIGALI (Xinhua) --
Various sports tournaments commemorating
Rwandan genocide in 1994 are being held in the central
African country, including tournaments of volleyball,
cycling, cricket, tennis and chess.
Volleyball Genocide Memorial Tournament kicked off on
Saturday in Rwandan capital Kigali with various regional
teams participating in the competition.
tournament in its eighth year attracted 24 teams from
Kenya, Uganda, Republic of the Congo, Democratic
Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda,
including 14 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams, according
to the Rwanda Volleyball Federation.
volleyball tournament is part of the sports competitions
in various disciplines organized annually by sports
federations in the east African country in June to
remember former players, coaches, sports administrators
and fans who perished in the 1994 genocide against
Tutsi, which claimed over one million people in 100
The games of
the tournament are played at different stadiums in the
volleyball fraternity lost about 50 members in the
Rwanda genocide in 1994, according to the federation.
tournament dubbed Race to Remember also started on
Saturday, which drew cyclists from all cycling
associations of the country.
junior cyclists were flagged off in Kamonyi district in
southern Rwanda, heading to Nyanza district to cover a
distance of 97.6 kilometers, while senior cyclists were
flagged off at Gitikinyoni in Kigali heading to Nyanza
district to cover a distance of 130.3 kilometers,
according to Rwanda Cycling Federation.
memorial tournament was unveiled on Thursday here and
will close on Sunday. According to Rwanda Cricket
Federation, the competition attracted teams from Uganda,
Kenya and Rwanda.
competition for remembering the genocide kicked off on
Friday with armatures while the professionals will start
next Monday. The competition will end on June 16.
the Rwanda Tennis Federation, some 136 participants
registered to participate in the game, including 64
women. There are 32 professional players, among them 24
men and eight women, said the federation.
competitors from Burundi, United Kingdom, Kenya,
Nigeria, South Soudan, Uganda and Rwanda are competing
in a chess competition from June 8 to June 10.