The President of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), William Blick has blasted government authorities over their poor and slow planning for the Ugandan team taking part in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Blick told URN in an interview at the Committee offices in Lugogo before he left for Rio De Jeniero that it is sad to see government still looking for money for the team when the Games officially started on August 5. He wondered where the relevant authorities have been yet they knew long time ago that these games will take place at the given time.
Last Saturday President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni promised to send a balance of UGX350 million to the team in Brazil. Uganda has 21 athletes to the Games and 18 officials. Each of the athletes is entitled to UGX330,000 (US$100) for the 21 days.
But Blick puts the blame more on officials at the National Council of Sports (NCS) who actually do not get their strategies right.
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He also wondered why over UGX150 million is budgeted for the government officials who traveled on the contingent for Games. “We should know where to put the money,” said a disappointed Blick.
But when URN spoke to State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi before he left for Brazil, he said he was still waiting for the relevant authorities to release money for the team.
Among some of the government officials who are meant to be in Brazil include; Minister of Education and Sports Mrs Janet Museveni, State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi, Physical Education Commissioner, Omara Apita, National Council of Sports General Secretary, Nicholas Muramagi and National Council of Sports Chairman, John Bosco Onyik among others.
Already Kennedy Katende (boxing) and Jamila Lunkuse (Swimming) have failed to make it to the next stage in their respective disciplines.
Uganda's realistic medal hopefuls remain 2012 London Olympics marathon gold medalist Steven Kiprotich, World Championship bronze medalist Solomon Mutai and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, fresh from winning a bronze medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland last month.