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New arena ready to open in Rwanda

Kigali Arena in Rwanda is set to open for action, just months after building work began on the project in January.

The 10,000-seat arena, located next to Amahoro National Stadium, is a multi-purpose arena for indoor games.

Kigali Arena will host the 2021 FIBA Africa Basketball Championships (Afrobasket) and the 2019 FIBA Africa Under-16 Championship for girls, in August this year.

The project is a joint venture between the Government and Turkish investment company, Summa.

The Kigali venue, which will be the biggest of its kind in East Africa, contains 13 cafes and bars, restaurants, six changing rooms a fitness centre, a media hall, and a modern doping control room.

The construction of the arena is part of the Rwandan government’s efforts to boost sports in the country.

Similar projects are ongoing in Eastern Province where three stadiums are under construction.

In July last year, construction of a $9 million sports complex kicked-off in Kibungo Sector, in Ngoma District, Eastern Province.

The stadium, which is expected to host at least 3,000 people, is being constructed by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), a Chinese construction company on a loan that will be repaid by the district over a period of five years.