After getting elected to head the National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda (NPC-Rwanda) Jean-Baptiste Murema has wasted no time in setting out his priority for his four year term, qualifying the country for the men’s and women’s sitting volleyball in Tokyo 2020, he said on Wednesday.
That focus is understandable from Murema currently playing for the men’s sitting volleyball team, and so very concerned with the need to qualify. Sitting volleyball has been a sport that Rwanda have prided themselves on, qualifying for one of the sexes at the last two Paralympic Games.
Murema comes to the office after winning election unopposed at the NPC-Rwanda General Assembly last week. He replaces the outgoing leader Celestin Nzeyimana who has led the organization since 2012, its most successful period.
Rwanda is going through a strong period in para sport as they have seen their participation at the Paralympic Games increase. This is largely due to the improvement of the sitting volleyball teams who are routinely challenging for the African title.
“My objective is to thoroughly develop sports for disabled people but on top of it all, I together with the new committee will do whatever is possible to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in both categories and we are going to lay strategies for it soon.” Said Murema in an interview after his election.
The full executive committee was appointed in the elections with five office holders and four advisors. Also voted on was a new arbitrary committee who will settle disputes within the NPC allowing for an independent organization outside of the board. Murema has set a lofty goal and if successful he will help guide Rwanda to their biggest contingent at a Paralympic Games.