The 52nd edition of the Geneva International Challenge Meet is set for this weekend, with several key international swimmers set to compete. Last year’s meet saw a large French contingency take on the multi-national competition, while this year’s will play host to several Club des swimmers of Marseille (CNM) athletes. Mehdy Metella, Melanie Henique, Clement Mignon and Oussama Sahnoune are just a few of the French contenders vying for meet titles across the 3-day affair.

Sahnoune, who represents Algeria internationally, had a particularly good 2018, having won the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. The 26-year-old earned a time of 48.00 to notch a new Algerian National Record, while also taking silver in the 50m free in 21.96.

Youth Olympic Games breakout star Thomas Ceccon of Italy will make his presence known in Geneva on multiple occasion, having entered in the 50m/100m free, 100m fly, 200m IM and 100m back. Ceccon ranks as the top seed in both the 100m back and 50m free.

In Buenos Aires last year, soon-to-be-18-year-old Ceccon captured 5 medals, including individual 50m free gold.

Another young Italian in Northwestern University-bound Federico Burdisso is also listed as competing this weekend, taking on the 50m/100m/200m fly, 50m/100m free and 200m IM.

Swiss athlete Jeremy Desplanches will lead the men’s 200m IM field and is also set to contest the 200m back.

A small Scottish contingency is also set to take the stage, with Kathryn Goodburn, Jasmin Smith, Ellie Reilly and Rosie Morgan among the women and Ryan Robertson, Iain Lovie, Stephen Clegg and Mark Ford among the men. All are members of either Scottish Swimming’s National Senior Squad or National Youth Squad.

Although Italian standout Simona Quadarella was listed on the meet’s promotional material, the 20-year-old is absent from the start lists published on the meet’s site.


Rwanda Ready To Host 1st Zone V Genocide Memorial Youth Games

By Bonnie Mugabe

Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee is ready to host the first ANOCA Zone V Genocide Memorial Youth Games.

The President of Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee Amb. Munyabagisha Valens confirmed the development on Thursday in an interview with KT Sports.

The five-day event which will be staged in Huye District from April 2nd to 6th, 2019 will be held in five sports codes namely Cycling, Beach Volleyball, 3*3 Basketball, Taekwondo and athletics and 39 medal events.

All the 11 Zone five countries namely Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt and hosts Rwanda are expected to take part in the games..

The Rwanda National Olympic and Sport Committee is also planning to invite guest nations France and Senegal, hosts of the 4th edition of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.

Amb. Munyabagisha said, “The decision to host these games was taken during the previous Zone V meeting where Rwanda was requested to host the maiden games and we agreed. We have since gone ahead to prepare for these games which will be held once in two years,”

“We hope that we can use these games as a qualification to continental games going forward. Preparations are currently underway. We expect 350 athletes aged between 16-18 years to grace the youth games,” said Amb. Munyabagisha.

The event has been organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa (ANOCA)’s Zone V in conjunction with the Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee, and the Government of Rwanda in the spirit of Olympism and the power of sports to reconstruct the country from the genocide ideology.

Amb. Munyabagisha further added, “During the course of the games, youth players will get an opportunity to be inculcated on values of Olympism. We will use the games to fight Genocide ideology and promote reconciliation and social cohesion. We will be taking evening sessions to teach the youth players on the effects of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi while also focusing on regional conflicts like in South Sudan, Kenya, Burundi among others,”

Source Ktpress