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NPC Rwanda will celebrate for the first time the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2015

The National Paralympic Committee of Rwanda – NPC Rwanda in partnership with Laureus Sport for GOOD Foundation is organizing for the first time the sport event to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2015.

Though it celebrated on 6th April every Year since 2014 Internationally, NPC Rwanda will celebrate it on Sunday, the 31st May 2015 at Kimisagara - Esperance football playground next to ex-Maison des Jeunes. Football competition between 4 local teams (Kigali AFC, HVP Gatagara AFC, Rubavu AFC and Esperance AFC) will be organised. This competition has the title of “Amputee Football for Peace tournament” and will take place every year for celebrating this day.

NPC Rwanda within its mission of using sport as tool of social integration for persons with impairment will launch officially this Amputee Football sport and will help its development throughout Rwanda.

Most of players in this Amputee Football lost their legs from wars and Genocide against Tutsi in 1994. Players will get the opportunity to show that their hope to life is not lost even if their legs lost during those tragedies in our Great Lakes Region.

In order to have this day successful and well organised, we would like to invite relevant stakeholders, sponsors and partners to cooperate and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

If you want to join us by providing any kind of support to this initiative, please contact Rugwiro Audace at +250 783 681 116 / raudace07@gmail.com or Celestin Nzeyimana at +250 788 672 739 / nzeyimana_celestin@yahoo.fr

Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to recognize the potential of sport to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, the Day underlines that sports can foster peace and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding.

Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

For these reasons, NPC Rwanda is joining other national and international organizations to raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace through organizing the Amputee Football tournament.