The President this afternoon, amidst heavy downpour joined thousands of Rwandans and 400 delegates to inaugurate the historical Gahanga Cricket Stadium.
President Paul Kagame has told delegates from the UK Cricket Circle to “always feel at home” while in Rwanda.
The Rwf950-million state-of-the-art international cricket stadium in Gahanga Sector, Kicukiro District is among 10 best cricket stadium in the world.
Gahanga Oval in Kicukiro district.
About 150 delegates from UK alone attended the event. Among UK delegates was Sarah Margaret, Duchess of York.
Former British Prime Ministers, Tony Blair and David Cameron are patrons of the Rwanda cricket initiative – Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF) – a NGO that is registered in Rwanda and the UK.
The President said that Gahanga stadium is a foundation that will improve cricket in the country.
“With this new stadium, we expect Rwandan boys and girls to play cricket at the highest level, “he said.
The top two teams from each pool will chucker and batter to the semi-finals and the grand finale on October 29.
The Cricket game was included in 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. This is the only time cricket was played at Commonwealth Games.
Rwanda is also a member of the Commonwealth countries since November 2009, and the Gahanga event is expected to change Rwanda’s history and repositioning in one of the games that the Queen of England gives value.
The Express News