By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

All seventy-one [71] nations and territories of the Commonwealth will converge in Kigali from September 4-8, 2019 as Rwanda host the Commonwealth Games Federation [CGF] General Assembly and Strategic Forum.

According to the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation [Louise Martin CBE] Rwanda despite being the youngest member has been very distinctive and deserved the hosting right.

“Rwanda’s membership of the Commonwealth is unique and we welcome this opportunity to celebrate and engage with the youngest member of our sporting family.

“They submitted an ambitious, strategic hosting proposal – and see the General Assembly as an important stepping stone for CHOGM 2020.

“Rwanda is an inspiring country with passionate, proactive sports leadership – and we all look forward to ensuring a socially impactful legacy for Rwanda and the host CGA around the shared values and ambitions of Commonwealth Sport.”

It will be recalled that during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast [Australia], all the Commonwealth Countries observed one minute’s silence to pay respect to the Tutsi killed in the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

In accepting the bid, Rwanda Commonwealth Games Association President [Valens Munyabagisha] expressed his gratitude to the CGF whiles highlighting some of the things awaiting participants in 2019:

“We are truly honoured to be selected to host the 2019 CGF General Assembly. We want to leverage this important event to build the profile of Rwanda and the wider Commonwealth and also contribute to our shared sporting, social and economic development.

“Our athletes and team will be the proudest of hosts – warmly welcoming
the Commonwealth sporting fraternity to Kigali next September.

“Rwanda is increasingly becoming a destination of choice for international meetings, and delegates will see how the Capital City of Kigali has come of age: the heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and a pride of every Rwandan.”

“Hosting this meeting will also be an important occasion for the Commonwealth Family to see with their own eyes what they were commemorating at the time.

It will demonstrate how we can all pull together to inspire each other – and especially our young people – to uphold the CGF values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny.”

The General Assembly will take place in the flagship US$ 300 million Kigali
Convention Centre [KCC] which was opened in 2016.

Key items for consideration are;

The quadrennial CGF elections

Continued evolution of the Commonwealth Games Federation

Governance and Regulations

The approval of a refreshed Transformation 2022 strategy.

The land of a Thousand Hills [Rwanda] and a home to one third of world’s population of remaining gorillas has also been giving the opportunity to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM] in 2020.

Rwanda made their Commonwealth Games debut at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, taking part in Athletics, Boxing, Road Cycling and Swimming. They won their first ever Games medal at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games – winning Bronze in Women’s Beach Volleyball.