(google translate)Participation is making news at the World Adrien Niyonshuti, runner Rwanda that has been the standard bearer for the opening of his national games in London. His story is very unique as it has survived the genocide of 1994 that allowed him to cultivate his passion, cycling.
Adrien Niyonshuti has 25 years and is now one of the most famous people in Rwanda, regarded as a hero since his past and his present.
"I am very happy to be the flagship," said Adrien, "but I feel more special than other athletes selected for the Games." In fact there are seven other athletes to represent Rwanda divided in athletics, swimming and judo.
"Above all, I would - as a result of these Olympic Games - that people think of my country in terms of sports and cycling in particular, but simply as a great nation," continues Niyonhuti. "The first thing people think right now is genocide, but that was 18 years ago. I want people to focus on the positive aspects of my country."
Aimable Bayingana, President of the Rwandan Cycling Federation (Ferwacy), you feel the excitement as we approach the opening ceremony. "Adrien is like a son to us all honor those who love cycling and takes the sport, and embodies the values across the country. Children will identify with him, and many would get on their bike, but unfortunately we do not have the means to do that to the extent that we would like. Adrien reach various emotions here at the Olympics that most other people can not dream. "
In preparing for London, Niyonshuti was able to mobilize all those people who supported him from the beginning: Scott Swisspower mountain bike team, led by Thomas Frischknecht, who received him in a training camp in Switzerland in June , his American coach Jock Boyer, who built the national team since 2007 and identified new talents, and the South African team MTN-Qhubeka.
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