Rwanda Table Tennis Federation (RTTF) continues its efforts at popularizing table tennis in the Eastern African as the federation led by its President, Jean Bosco Birungi marked the 2019 Commonwealth Day on Monday March 11 with the introduction of the sport to a rural schools in Kigali.

According to Rwanda’s leading daily , The New Times, the Commonwealth Day 2019 was celebrated under the theme, “A Connected Commonwealth” as RTTF introduced the game to G.S Camp Kigali primary and secondary schools.

Table tennis being one of the sports that is recognised and supported by Rwanda Commonwealth Games Association and the Olympics, the RTTF boss the occasion afforded the federation to expand the frontiers of the sport.

“This is the first time to partner with Rwanda Commonwealth Games Association, it is an opportunity to expand and promote table tennis in schools across the country, said Jean Bosco Birungi.

“Camp Kigali are our first school partner, and the move to secure partnerships with schools continues,” he added.

To support the Nyarugenge-based school, RTTF donated a brand new table tennis board, balls and paddles (bats) for the students to learn the basics of the sport.

According to Jean Bosco Birungi, RTTF has long-term strategic plan not only to nurture young talents in schools, but also to train umpires, coaches and increasing the number of clubs in 2019.

An excited Mohamed Ufitinema, who is the school head boy said that the school lacked table tennis equipment, while expressing appreciation for the gesture of RTTF as well as the partnership with Camp Kigali.

UK High Commissioner to Rwanda, Jo Lamos reminded the students that Commonwealth has 2.4b citizens from 53 countries, noting that 60 percent are youth under the age of 30 years.

On behalf of the Rwanda National Olympic Committee, Felicite Rwemalika, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executives, emphasized that sport creates and fosters friendship and mutual respect through teamwork and fair play.

Over 600 students from G.S Camp Kigali entertained the guests with a broad range of activities such as debates, essay writing and table tennis competitions.