Swimmer Kirabo Namutebi who is currently in Kazan, Russia preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games will be the third lady ever to represent Uganda in the Sport of Swimming at the Olympic games.
The first was Supra Singhal( now known as Supra Agarwal) who represented Uganda in the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia.
Singhal competed for Uganda in the women’s 100m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney having received a ticket from FINA, under a Universality program, in an entry time of 59.20.
She challenged seven other swimmers in heat one, including 15-year-old Maria Awori of Kenya.Entering the race with the fastest-seeded time, she faded down the stretch to pick up a sixth seed in a poor time of 1:08.15. Singhal failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed 52 overall in the preliminaries.
In 2012, Jamila Lunkuse became the second female to represent Uganda when she participated in the 2012 London Olympic games and later 2016 in Rio de Janerio where she made 1:19:64 in the women’s 100 breaststroke and 28:44 in 50 Metres freestyle making her Uganda’s best female Swimmer in Olympic games.
Whlist, the time is nigh for the young lad Kirabo Namutebi who made 26.98 for 50 metres freestlye with her last outing being in 2019 at the 13th CANA Junior Swimming Championship in Tunusia where she won double gold.
The-SportsNation caught up with Namutebi for a detailed interview: “I am glad that I qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games as one of the two swimmers that are going to represent Uganda.”
“This means alot to me because it shows that my talent and effort is not going to waste. It shows that all the work i have been putting in ever since i started swimming is worthy it.”
“I hope to go out there and represent Uganda to the best of my abilities as well as have fun and learn new things, try new foods and see beautiful places as well.”
Besides Namutebi, Atuhaire Ambala is the other swimmer that will represent Uganda in 2020 Tokyo Olympic games in Japan.
Namutebi is a daughter to former Uganda Volleyball Federation president Hadijjah Namanda and reckons that her Mum has been pivotal in her success.
“My mum is one of my biggest inspirations till today because of all the sacrifices she makes for me, she is one of the reasons why I am where I am today and am really greatiful for her.”
“I am excited to be an olympian because its a dream come true and i cant wait to go out there and lift Uganda’s flag high,” says Namutebi.
With only 23 days remaining for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games to kick off. Namutebi is among the 26 Athletes that will represent Uganda in the Olympic games.