Kenya has secured two consecutive wins in the regional military games and cultural event, to send an early warning that the country may dominate the tournament.
The 10th edition of the East African Military Games and Cultural Event that flagged off on Monday in Kigali, attracted participants from; Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda .
Kenya has already won the 10 km race both in male and female categories. The games took place at the Kicukiro polytechnic stadium today.
Sheila Chepkiryi,a 2016 gold medalist and 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics won the female race after clocking 31’17″18’”. Her two teammates; Jyceline Chepkosgei and Sudy Chemutai emerged second and third respectively.
Rwanda’s best in the race was Iranzi Celine scooping 12th position three minutes behind Chepkiryi.
In the male category, Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipsang, who was selected for the the 2015 Athletics Kenya World Championship Trials won the race after clocking 27’15″68’”, followed by two compatriots; Flanklin Celel and Stephen Arita.
A Rwandan, Nzirorera Joseph emerged in 8th position, two minutes behind the winner.
Meanwhile, in the opening football game Rwanda’s APR FC was trounced 0-1 by Kenyan side-Ulinzi Stars.
“The loss in the first game is disappointing but we know how to remedy this for the remaining games; we are going to work on integration of new players,” said Rwanda’s new head coach Gilbert Yaounde Kanyakore.
The East African Military Games and Cultural Event include five sport disciplines; Football, Netball, Basketball, Handball and Cross-Country.
The event, themed One People, One Destiny is meant “to contribute to confidence building, friendship and cooperation, nurturing esprit de corps among the EAC Partner States’ Defence Forces.”
Future games with Rwanda
14/08/2016: Rwanda vs Uganda (15h00, Nyamirambo stadium)
17/08/2016: Tanzania vs Rwanda (12h30, Amahoro Stadium)
10/08/2016: Rwanda vs Tanzania (17h30, Amahoro indoor stadium)
12/08/2016: Uganda vs Rwanda (17h30, Amahoro indoor stadium)
14/08/2016: Rwanda vs Kenya (17h30, Amahoro indoor stadium)
10/08/2016: Rwanda vs Tanzania (10h30, Amahoro stadium)
13/08/2016: Uganda vs Rwanda (10h30, Amahoro stadium)
16/08/2016: Rwanda vs Kenya (08h00, Amahoro stadium)
10/08/2016: Rwanda vs Kenya (16h00, Amahoro stadium )
12/08/2016: Rwanda vs Tanzania (14h00, Amahoro stadium)
13/08/2016: Uganda vs Rwanda (14h00, Amahoro stadium)