Project supported by the National Paralympics Committee of Rwanda
Since the genocide ended in 1994, one of the Rwandan government’s priorities has been the fight with all forms of discrimination and exclusion, including the stigmatisation of persons with reduced mobility, the main victims of the civil war. So, to facilitate the latter’s inclusion, the National Paralympics Committee of Rwanda counts on sports’ integrative power by staging an annual para-volleyball championship. The 2019-2020 events were interrupted following the Covid-19 pandemic to protect vulnerable persons.
So as to restart the championship, the National Paralympics Committee of Rwanda undertakes to modernise the events by running some outreach programmes. The focus shall be laid on athlete protection in the context of a pandemic.
- Holding the 2020-2021 para-volleyball championship in the best of conditions
- Enabling any athletes with reduced mobility to exercise their right to practise sport
- Promoting the rights and social inclusion of Rwandan people with reduced mobility
- Sensitising on Covid-19’s preventive measures
- Making up teams (men and women) throughout the whole country and organising the championship while abiding by the physical distancing measures
- Awareness campaigns about Covid-19 by means of radio-TV programmes, banners, T-shirts and any other media
- Choosing and coaching the best athletes for any future international paralympics events
- 18 male and 12 female teams mobilised for the championship, that is about 200 athletes
- Organising the championship in the best conditions without a single covid-19 infection
- The efficient promotion of the rights and inclusion of all the athletes competing in the championship
- Raising all the Rwandan population’s awareness about the Covid-19 social distancing measures.