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EAPCCO GAMES: RNP Scoops Gold In Handball, Karate


Rwanda National Police (RNP) handball and Karate teams have scooped gold medals at the second edition of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) Games underway in Nairobi, Kenya.

Three countries (Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda) were represented in handball category while six countries competed in the Karate category, namely; Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and Sudan.

RNP handball club beat Kenya 32-26 on Wednesday before completing the mission with a 34-23 win over Uganda this Friday to successfully retain their position at the summit following a similar performance in the second edition in Tanzania, last year.

“Our country sent us to win trophies… to aim for the best and we are happy that we have achieved. We set a mark last year and every player is happy that we didn’t go low… we maintained the status,” said RNP handball coach, Inspector of Police (IP) Antoine Ntabanganyimana.

RNP also emerged the best overall in Karate winning 20 medals, combined; 12 gold, four silver and four bronze. Kenya came second with 19 medals, including four gold; followed by Burundi with eight medals (four silver and four bronze); Uganda with three medals (one silver and two bronze), Tanzania with three medals (three bronze) and Sudan with two bronze medals.

As the overall best, RNP also won three trophies; Kumite men and women, and Team Kata.

RNP Karate couch, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) SylvestreTwajamahoro thanked the “focus and determination” of his team.

“We are happy that we have successfully accomplished the mission, which we were sent here to do… to represent our country well and to raise our flag high,” CIP Twajamahoro said.

The RNP men and women Karate teams also emerged the best overall in the second edition of the annual regional law enforcement competition held in Tanzania last year, grabbing 14 medals; seven gold, six silver, one bronze and two trophies

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