The National Paralympics Committee of Rwanda host the Sitball National Championship 2009. 3rd Round on 2-3 May 09 in Musanze, NW Rwanda
Interview with the General Secretary of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Rwanda, Mr Celestin Nzeyimana and introduction to the President of the NPC, Mr Dominique Bizimana.
The Sitball National Championship consists of 16 teams with players of all age groups from around the country. 10 teams compete in the men’s section and 6 teams in the women’s section. This 3rd round will take place over 3 days at 3 venues around Musanze.
Gatagara (Nyanza) is the youngest team in the Sitball National Championship with most players still in primary school but out of the 16 teams are presently 4th on the leader-board.
The present Sitball Championship is also assisting in the selection for the National Team who will compete in the Regional Competition (inter alia DRC, East African countries) where 2 teams will qualify to compete in the Sitball World Cup 2010 in the USA.
The teams competing in Sitball are as follows;
1. Rusizi (Cyangugu) 1x men’s team
2. Gatagara (Huye) 1x men’s team
3. Gatagara (Nyanza) 1x men’s team
4. “Kagoma” Gatagara (Rwamagana) 1x men’s team, 1x women’s team
5. National University of Rwanda (NUR) 1x men’s team, 1x women’s team
6. Intware 1x men’s team, 1x women’s team
7. Kivu 1x men’s team, 1x women’s team
8. Karongi 1x men’s team
9. Musanze 1x men’s team
10. THT (Troupe de Handicape Twuzuzanye) 1x men’s team, 1x women’s team
11. Kigali Stars Club 1x women’s team
The NPC is aiming for London 2012 in a variety of sport like inter alia athletics, goal-ball for blind, ball-chair, power-lifting and table tennis. Their website can be found at www.npcrwanda.com
Different venues for the different rounds are chosen in order to sensitise and re-integrate people through sport. This is carried through in various schools throughout the country where sport is used to facilitate inclusion between able-bodied and disabled children. A game like Sitball can be played by both and is promoted as such – also giving the disabled children a greater sense of belonging between their able-bodied friends.
Note: I've been informed that the correct terminology to use is "person/people with disabilities" - I stand corrected.