Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Basketball in Rwanda

Editor's Note: This blog was written in Rwanda. Maybe in the future, Rwanda will supply players for college teams in the United States.

I sat down with the technical director of basketball here in Kigali, Rwanda, Shema Didier, to learn more about the state of Rwanda basketball.

Didiers' role involves competitions, training and clinics. He met with AIA staff last May to coordinate our visit.

Didier said that Rwanda started playing basketball in 1977. It sponsors senior, second and junior level teams. They are no professional teams. Rwanda participates in different African championships. It finished just 12th in Angola in 2007, but improved to 9th in Liberia in 2009. Rwanda hopes to make the finals in 2011. It also hopes to participate in world competitions in the future.

The technical director appreciates AIA's presence. He believes AIA offers a good program with expert coaches that teach Christian principles.

“That (Christian principles) is so, so good for the development of players,” he said.

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