Uganda has spent Sh5.3 billions for the fourthcoming Olympic games in Tokyo that officially get underway this Friday, July 23.
The money, according to government, is to keep athletes in good stead and help them compete favourably at this year’s delayed games.
The vanishing of weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko in Japan, who has since handed himself in, has provoked debate as to why Ugandan athletes continue to disappear in countries where Olympic games, Commonwealth games and other international games are held.
And one of the reason could be the delayed clearance of allowances for athletes and often times not worthy their sweat.
Reliable sources have told The-SportsNation that each of the athletes had to pocket Sh15m in allowances.
Chef de Mission Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) Beatrice Ayikoru stated that all the Althletes in Japan have recieved their allowances in full amounts.
“We have cleared all the allowances of all the athletes in Japan. We are sure this will be a motivational factor ahead of the games,” Ayikoru told The-SportsNation.
However, one of the athletes in Japan who spoke to the The-SportsNation on the condition of anonymity said they recieved Sh7m at departure and were promised to get the balance later.
“We recieved half of our promised allowances that helped us to settle issues home before we left Uganda,” the athlete, who is already in Japan, told The-SoortsNation on purpose of anonymity.
“We are just hoping that we will get the balance as we pray to God that we lift Uganda’s flag high.”
Poor Remunerations fuels Athletes’ disappearance
Allowances could partly be one of the factors why athletes like ssekitoleko disappear.
It should be remembered that in 2014, Uganda’s representatives at the Commonwealth games travelled without any pocket money to Glasgow Scotland.
During the 2010 Commonwealth games in New Delhi, India, some members of team Uganda didnt receive allowances and those who got the funds came in late with the athletes on the verge of staging a strike.
In 2017, three boxers that had represented Uganda in the world boxing Championship in Germany led by Muzamir Kakande (King Kong), David Ayiti and Geofrey Kakeeto also disappeared in Germany.
Also, three Ugandan rugby national team players went missing in Germany at the end of a three-day 12-nation tournament which the Rugby Cranes finished 10th.
The trio of Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa and Fred Odur – were not found at the team’s hotel.
She Cranes player Halima Nakachwa as well vanished in the 2019 Worldcup in Liverpool England.
Ugandan duo of boxers ie Ssimbwa Reagan and Nasir Bashir also Vanished in Australia in the 2018 Common wealth games.
In the same games also two weight lifters Khalid Batuusa and Irene Kasuubo also disappered in the 2018 Common wealth games.