Sports Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju has announced that there are plans to upgrade Amahoro National Stadium to 45,000-seat capacity, from 25,000.
She said the upgrade is meant to facilitate the stadium to host bigger international competitions.
The minister was speaking at an RPF cadreship training session on Sunday morning.
About 70 representatives of specialised cells from different sports disciplines gathered at the RPF headquarters in Rusororo on Sunday for a one-day cadreship training.
Commissioner Assumpta Uwamariya, the commissioner for politics and mobilisation, presided over the training.
She says the training will help them seek new ways how sports can best contribute towards the country’s vision.
Guest speakers at the cadreship training for the sports federations include the Minister of Sports and the head of Tourism and Conservation department at Rwanda Developmwnt Board (RDB), Arielle Kageruka.
Also attending the cadreship training as a guest speaker was the Minister of Local Government Prof. Shyaka Anastase.
Minister Shyaka said, “We are talking about two kinds of sports: professional and mass sports.”
On his part, he said local government entities have and will continue to promote the mass sports while professional sports requires standard investment.
Minister Munyangaju said there are efforts that have been put in building sports facilities.
“We shall continue to do more to upgrade our existing facilities to international standards in a bid to promote sports tourism in our country,” she said.
For instance, she added, “there are plans to upgrade Amahoro National Stadium to 45,000-seat capacity, which it doesn’t have now, so that it can host bigger international competitions.”
The ministry intends to increase budget for the sports sector in the short-run, and investments are aimed at making the industry self-reliant.
“We will initiate junior championships for under 15, launch sports academies in schools and train sports teachers,” the Minister said.
Meanwhile, RDB’s Kageruka said that despite huge opportunities available in the sector, there is, for instance, only one sportswear maker in the country. “There is enormous opportunities for the business sector to explore in the sports industry,” she said.
During the training, sports development was one of the subjects that took a center stage.
Valens Munyabagisha, Head of Rwanda Olympic Committee says sports development is mainly limited to Kigali, thus locking out talents in rural areas.
“If you look at the infrastructure, there barely are playground in rural areas. In basketball, 14 of 17 teams are all in Kigali,” he said.