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The Burundi National Olympic Committee (BNOC) held its General Assembly in the capital Bujumbura, awarding some of the nation’s top athletes with funding in the process.

Last year’s activity report and the activities of 2020 to date were on the agenda, as well as an address from BNOC President Lydia Nsekera.

There was also the approval of the 2019 financial report and discussions about the preparations being made for next year’s postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

BNOC also analysed the membership rules of the governing body, as well as the statutes for its National Federations.

Before closing the General Assembly, the best athletes of 2019 were awarded.

A total of 58 young athletes – of which 27 were women – from seven Federations won 120 worldwide, continental and regional medals.

Sadi Nahmana is one of the best tennis players in Africa ©Getty Images
Sadi Nahmana is one of the best tennis players in Africa ©Getty Images

Tennis star Sada Nahimana won the top prize with a fund of 4.15 million Burundian Francs (£1,700/$2,100/€1,800), while other athletes received smaller amounts.

Nahimana is one of the most promising African tennis players in the world and currently sits with a world ranking of 498 at the age of 19.

Last year, she won her first International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament when she defeated Brazilian Laura Pigossi in three sets at the ITF Lagos Open in October 2019.

As of August 31, she is the fifth-highest African woman in the singles rankings.

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