The RNOSC has held its first General Assembly since the elections of the Executive Committee last year ©Getty Images

Support for athletes, this year's Commonwealth Games and the approval of a new member all featured at the Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC) General Assembly.

The meeting, held last month at the Gorilla Hotel in the country's Rubavu district, opened with a minute's silence honouring athletes who died over the last year.

It then moved onto the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where Rwanda is seeking to improve upon a medal-free performance at Gold Coast 2018.

Seventeen Rwandan athletes competed across athletics, beach volleyball, cycling and powerlifting at the last Commonwealth Games. 

RNOSC President Theo Uwayo, who chaired the meeting, urged that officials "re-think the way we support our athletes" and sports.

However, the Queen’s Baton Relay leg in Rwanda in November was deemed a success.

The Rwanda Netball Federation became the latest national governing body to join the RNOSC, with its membership approved at the General Assembly.

RNOSC Commission Presidents were approved, including Delphine Mukakarangwa leading the Legal and Ethics Commission, Ariane Uwamahoro in charge of the Woman In Sports Commission and Raymond Bananeza to chair the Sports For All Commission.

Rwanda had five athletes compete in three sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Rwanda had five athletes compete in three sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

Jacques Furaha was accepted as the head of the Media and Communications Commission and Nuhu Assoumani was ratified as President of the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission.

Julius Mbaraga was confirmed as the President of the Marketing Commission, with Emmanuel Murenzi leading the Technical Commission.

Approval of the new Presidents of the RNOSC Athletes’ Commission and the National Olympic Academy is due to granted at a later date.

Uwayo addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed optimism for Rwanda's recovery.

More than 20.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Rwanda, with more than 8.1 million people receiving two doses.

This represents a little more than 65 per cent of the population.

Only nine coronavirus cases and zero deaths were recorded in Rwanda yesterday.

"I commend all national sports federations for their significant contribution to the implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines, and for Rwanda as a country that has been able to dramatically slow the spread of this pandemic," the RNOSC President said.

"COVID-19 is a hindrance to the development of sport, that is why we must stay vigilant."