Bagabo succeeded, on Sunday, Dr. David Hakizimana who had been at the helm of the federation for the last eight years.
Bagabo appreciated the outgoing committee’s work over the years and assured he will strive for greater milestones in Rwanda’s Taekwondo Federation.
He added that the new committee will do their best to bridge the gender gap observed in the federation.
“The progress we have made over the last years is admirable and, though, some issues were not addressed, we as the new committee will do our best to take on the progressive path and make sure we attain all goals set”, he said.
“We shall focus on filling the gender gap observed in our teams. The statistics show a low number of girls in Taekwondo. As an example, our national team has only one girl but they should be eighteen at least. You can understand that greater efforts are needed to bring change.”
Rwemarika Félicité, former Olympic Committee’s president thanked the leaving committee for their good deeds and urged the new committee to follow the suit.
Dr. David Hakizimana expressed his confidence in his successor as the two worked closely for the last years.
“I know him well since he was learning Taekwondo. I tutored him, he is able to secure these functions and I am confident that they will go much further,” he said.
The newly elected committee members are:
1. President: Bagabo Placide from Dream Taekwondo Club
2. Vice president: Mugorewase Elysee Fabrice from Blue Sky Taekwondo Academy
3. Secretary General: Mbonigaba Boniface from IYF Taekwondo Club
4. Treasurer: Uwayezu Theoneste Imara from Kigali International Taekwondo Academy
5. 1st advisor: DUsi Blaise from Kigali Olympic Taekwondo Academy
6. 2nd advisor: Ingabire Gemma from Kigali International Taekwondo Academy
7. Audit committee:
– Bimenyimana Gariede from Horang Taekwondo Club
– Iyumva Regis from Unity Taekwondo Club
– Musabyimana Emmanuel from Yes we can Taekwondo Club
Meanwhile, former President Dr. David Hakizimana was elected as President of Honour of Rwanda Taekwondo Federation.
The new committee has started a four-year term.