AYAC 2013: Rwanda Coach says team is 'ready for Youth Champs'

The Rwandan athletics coach has said his team is ready for the maiden African U-18 Youth Championships which kicked off in Warri, Nigeria from tomorrow.

Head coach Innocent Rwabuhihi told local media The New Times before the team's departure from Kigali:

    "They (athletes) have been doing well in training, and I hope they will be able to reproduce that kind of form in the competition.

    "It is their first time to compete at this level but they look confident of doing a good job. It will be a good experience for them as way of competing at the highest level."

    "I am optimistic about our chances to do well because we have prepared very well, especially the two boys have shown a strong competitiveness spirit in training," he added.

Rwanda's team of four athletes and their trainer left the country on Monday for Warri, and is expected to return on April 1.

The four athletes include two boys; Eric Turikunkiko (1500m) and Théogene Bigirimana (3000m) and two girls; Salomo Nyirarukundo (3000m) and Venantie Mukandayisenga (1500m).

The winners will qualify to compete at the IAAF World Youth Championship, which will be held in Ukraine in June.

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