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Burundi and China forge table tennis partnership

The medal winners of the tournament pose. (Photo by Thierry Niyungeko)
by Thierry Niyungeko

Bujumbura, April 12, 2018 - In collaboration with the Chinese ambassador in Burundi, the Burundian Table Tennis Federation held a tournament entitled "Ambassador Cup" at the Kigobe Technical School.

To strengthen the ties between China and Burundi, this tournament brought Burundian and Chinese players to the table. In total, 65 participants (56 boys and 9 girls) took part in the numerous amount of matches.

The senior category was made up of 34 athletes, the junior one had 20 young table tennis players and around ten girls. Five Chinese players participated, including a female player who reached the semis.

Out of the twelve associations that form the Burundian Table Tennis Federation, five took part in this ambassador's cup: Bujumbura, Ruyigi, Cankuzo, Muramvya and Muyinga. This tournament was an opportunity to discover the talents of young table tennis players who, if well honed, will win medals in the future.

Here is the final ranking and the podiums in each category:

* Junior girls:

1. Martine KUBWIMANA

2. Daniella IRAKOZE

3. Flavine IRAKOZE

* Junior Boys:

1. Arnaud NITUNGA

2. Simplice NIZIGAMA

3. Davy-Blaise COYITUNGIYE

* Senior girls:

1. Marie-Claire MUNEZERO

2. Ange-Belyse INGABIRE

3. Pamella NDAYISHIMIYE

* Senior Boys:

1. Yvan NIYORUGIRA

2. Alain-Claude KABURA

3. Delphin NDAYISHIMIYE

In the opening speech of the tournament, the ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Burundi promised one million Burundian francs to the Burundian Federation of Table Tennis. The President of the Federation Henri Bukumbanya took this opportunity to award a local artwork to the Chinese ambassador who sponsored this activity.

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