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President of Rwanda Karate Federation elected head of National Olympic Committee

2021-05-13

President of Rwanda Karate Federation elected head of National Olympic Committee

The President of the Rwanda Karate Federation Theo Uwayo has been elected head of the National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC).

The President of the Rwanda Karate Federation Theo Uwayo has been elected head of the National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC). Mr Uwayo was unanimously designated to rule the sports Olympic organisation in Rwanda for the next four years at the General Assembly which took place on Saturday, May 8th.

As the leader of the Rwanda Karate Federation for the last 12 years, Theo Uwayo has played a crucial role in the development of the sport in the region. In addition to his role as the head of the Rwanda Karate Federation, Mr Uwayo is a member of the Executive Board of the UFAK (Union of African Karate Federation) and the President of UFAK’s Zone V.

“As the President of the Rwanda Karate Federation, the election to the Presidency of the Rwanda National Olympic Committee is - first of all - the demonstration that the work we did for Karate in Rwanda for the last 12 years has been given due consideration by the Rwanda sports fraternity. Then, it is the ultimate recognition that Karate can be a global and leading sport in the Olympic community,” said Mr Uwayo.

In his acceptance speech, the new President of the Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee hailed to promote efficiency, good governance and to serve the Olympic movement.

Before his election as the President of the RNOSC, Mr Uwayo had received ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver ray’ in recognition of his commitment to the promotion of Karate in Rwanda. This prestigious award is bestowed by the Emperor of Japan and recognises individuals who promote Japan and the Japanese culture around the world. Mr Uwayo received the distinction from the Japanese envoy to Rwanda, Masahiro Imai.

“Karate is registering outstanding progress in Africa. Mr Uwayo’s election as the President of the National Olympic and Sports Committee comes to attest to the sensational work being done by our national federations in Africa and by UFAK. On behalf of the Karate family, I congratulate Mr Uwayo for this accomplishment and I wish him all the best leading the Rwanda Karate Federation and the RNOSC,” said WKF President Antonio Espinós.

(Pictures: RNOSC)

The newly-elected Executive Committee of RNOSC

Mr Uwayo receives the ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver ray’ from the Japanese envoy to Rwanda, Masahiro Imai.