Last night the trending topic as regards Rwanda was the apparent expulsion of 13 members of the team Rwanda cycling team. Many of those on the outside ridiculed these boys for a press statement released by the federation that seemed to suggest that the riders are holding the nation and ferwacy at ransom. But did you expect the federation to come out and blatantly accept it’s wrongs? I don’t think so.
The sport of cycling for the past two years was noted for it’s great organisation, focus and what was termed as, “The master plan,” by its administration.
And for a country in dire need of a successful sports story, cycling seemed to be the answer as Rwandans seemed to be done with Amavubi’s failures that talk had changed to havin it as our national sport.
A match awaited Tour of Rwanda victory came, an All Africa gold medal and qualifications to the Olympic games but behind the gloom and glamour all didn’t seem to be going well in the team Rwanda cycling camp.
Any keen observer would surely tell from the riders body language even after victories that all wasn’t right in camp for what seemed like a hotbed, And oh boy did the hotbed spark.
The Rwanda cycling federation (Ferwacy) and team Rwanda cycling released a press statement that demonised the actions of the cyclists, calling it “blackmail,” and a possible Coupe de tat. The wording itself left a lot to ponder.
Well now that’s where Ferwacy gets it wrong, the likes of Valens Ndayisenga, Janvier Hadi and co shouldn’t be treated as beggars, these hardworking riders are not doing the federation any favours by riding for the team but then the arrogance that has gone on to lead majority of our sports disciplines continues to think professional athletes should be treated as such.
Unfortunately we are held back by a culture that tends to suggest that if one goes against the norm then they automatically become the outcast and in this case it’s just not an individual but 13 of 15 members of a national team, question is who should be the outcast?
(To be continued…)