Uganda will be sending their biggest contingent in the Olympic games for the first time since 1972.
On Tuesday at 6pm, it marked 100 days to start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will go underway on July 23 to August 29.
Twenty three (23) athletes, a number that can potentially reach 25, will carry Uganda’s flag on the global scene in Japan.
Uganda’s participation in the Games is coordinated by a National Organising Committee chaired by Hon Minster of State of Education and Sports. The committee comprises of Uganda Olympic Committee, National Council of Sports, Ministry of Education and Sports, representative of the participating Olympic Federations/Associations and Uganda Paralympic Committee.
Ahead of the 16th appearance at the Games, Team Uganda has expressed readiness.
“We are very ready for the Games, we look forward to participating effectively,” briefly noted Uganda Olympic Committee Chairman and NCS boss Donald Rukare.
Uganda has won seven medals at the Olympic, four of them coming in Boxing. The other three are from Athletics.
For the first time in history, Uganda will be sending a female Boxer – Catherine Nanziri.
“This is an important step in my career, I have to thank the Uganda Boxing Federation, UOC,” started Nanziri. “We missed out in the Dakar qualifiers and later the Paris Qualifiers were canceled, but the other door was opened and I managed to qualify through rankings.”
“I have been training ever since and just like my fellow boxers, we are ready to do everything in our means to see that we come back with medals.”
Middle distance runner Halima Nakaayi who will be taking part in the 800m, says that she feels ready to go and will take part in Diamond League and National championships at Namboole which will fine tune her for the games.
National Council of Sports General Secretary Dr Patrick Bernard Ogwel commented: “As Government, we have put ourselevs together to prioritise Olympics. We have to address the need of the athletes ahead of the games. All these Qualifiers for Olympics have been fully funded by the Government.”
Absa Uganda have contributed a package of Sh54.5m for medical cover and training kits for the athletes.
Helen Basuuta Nangozi, Marketing and Customer Experience Director, Absa Uganda, stated: “We are very excited to be part of this, Sport is in our DNA, we have participated in Uganda Golf and we will be announcing more soon. To the athletes heading to the Games, we encourage you to keep making Uganda proud and we are honoured to walk with you on this journey.”
UOC’s Beatrice Ayikoru said that Uganda started Olympics preps way back in 2018 and much is set to represent the country fully.
Did You Know?
Uganda first participated at the Olympic Games in 1956, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for the boycotted 1976 Summer Olympics.
Tentative Qualified Athletes For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (as of April 13)
|13-15.||Filex Chemonges, Fred Musobo, Solomon Mutai, Stephen Kiprotich, Geoffrey Kusuro, Jackson Kiprop, Robert Chemonges||Athletics||Marathon|
|17.||Rachael Zena Chebet||Athletics||10000m|
|20.||Kathleen Noble||Rowing||Single Scull|
|23.||David Kavuma Ssemujju||Boxing||Middleweight|