Rugby League has been now been officially recognised as a sport by the government department in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The DR Congo Rugby League is the recognised governing body
After its creation in 2015, led by Mr Kajibwami Arsène Janvier, the first year of operation was a pilot programme to understand the demand for the sport. In 2016 a youth programme was introduced which allowed players to familiarise themselves with rugby league.
The first domestic championship took place in 2017 which was a great success and led to the formation of the national team. Which played its first game against our neighbours from Burundi.
Further clubs were formed in the Bukavu region and there are plans to grow into North Kivu which will further strengthen the sport.
The President of DR Congo RL, Mr Kajibwami commented on the future for rugby league in the Democratic Republic of Congo saying,
“The 2018 season included seven clubs who participated and was a great experience which taught us a great amount for our future organisation.
“The recognition that we have received by the government and the experience gained over the past four years allows us to look at the future for rugby league in our country with great confidence. We are excited for the future and looking forward to the opportunities.”
DR Congo Rugby League will also be creating a Technical Department to support the training and development of coaches and match officials. They will be sending two delegates to the MEA regional course which will be held in Nigeria as a part of the MEA Championship in October.