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Relay around the world in Burundi 500 days before the Paris Olympics in 2024


Mar 16, 2023

BUJUMBURA March 16th (ABP) – 500 days before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games “Terre de Jeux 2024”, the French Embassy in Burundi organized on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, a relay around the world in Burundi.

The event, for its 2nd edition, is organized jointly by the Committee of the “Olympic and Paralympic Games of Paris in 2024” and the French embassies around the world. It was the French ambassador to Burundi, Mr. Jérémie Blin, who took over from Bahrain on behalf of Burundi.

According to the press release issued by the French ambassador to Burundi, that relay is an opportunity to highlight the Olympians of Burundi, old and future ones, with the mobilization of the Olympic and Paralympic committees.

According to the press release, the French Embassy to Burundi has initiated, for one year, local initiatives linked to international events with the support of Paris 2024, to deploy actions: “Terre de jeux 2024”.

Continuing his momentum, Mr. Blin said that the French Ambassador to Burundi intends to support the city of Bujumbura in its sports infrastructure achievements for the benefit of youth, in the provinces and closer to communes and sports federations, for the next three years. He considers that alongside sport, sports journalism must also be supported by institutions and economic actors.

Mr. Jérémie Blin Ambassador of FRance in Burundi (1st on the left), Mr. Salvator Bigirimana Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee during the race for the relay

For his part, Mr. Samuel Nibayubahe, Director of Sports at the Ministry in charge of Sports, thanked the French Embassy to Burundi for its contribution to the promotion of sport in general.

At a time when there are only 500 days left before the start of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he said that the Ministry will spare no effort to create a favorable context for Burundian athletes committed to competing, so that they can have minimums required. Mr. Nibayubahe called on the French Embassy to Burundi to continue to support Burundian athletes in the same direction.

That relay was attended by the authorities of the National Olympic Committee, the representatives of the various Olympic and Paralympic federations, and partner schools.

At the end of that relay, the French Embassy provided a batch of equipment to two partner schools and to the rugby federation. According to the same press release, 128 representations took part in that relay.