Rwanda National Taekwondo team is in Manchester, Great Britain ahead of the World Taekwondo Championships which is scheduled to run from May 15-19, 2019.
The Rwandan team whih is composed of three players namely; Kayitare Benoit (U-54 weight category), Vincent Munyakazi in the under-68kg section and Sekanyambo in the under-58kg category is managed by Bagire Alain Irene.
Kayitare who is the captain of the team is confident he can become the first athlete from Rwanda to win a medal at Manchester Arena this week and is optimistic he can continue his recent improvement.
Kayitare won the gold medal in the under-54 kilograms event at Kenya’s National Taekwondo Championship Chairman’s Cup in Mombasa last month.
“We have had good preparations and we are optimistic we can secure one or two medals,” Kayitare said before departure to Manchester over the weekend.
Rwanda made its debut at the World Taekwondo Championships in 2015 in Chelyabinsk but is still searching for their first medal – something they hope to achieve at this year’s event.
The Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships mark the first time the event has come to Great Britain. The event, to be held in the iconic Manchester Arena, will feature seven mats, allowing the tournament to be compressed down into just five action-packed days.
975 athletes from 150 countries and one refugee team under World Taekwondo’s (WT’s) flag will be competing in 16 weight categories (eight men, eight women). And with 2019 being a pre-Olympic year, the battles in the Manchester will offer taekwondo fans a preview ahead of Tokyo 2020.