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Was traditional Rwandan high-jumping really Olympic class? What we found

By Ine Van Caekenberghe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent University
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Stretching back to pre-colonial Rwanda, a unique athletic performance akin to modern-day high jumping formed part of regular ceremonies in the royal court. Known as Gusimbuka Urukiramende, this type of jumping appears to have been practised in three main contexts. First by selected groups of youth, known as intore, performing before the king or chiefs; at royal festivals and weddings and as a form of popular…


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