The Chief de mission of Ugandas team at the just ended 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Beatrice Ayikoru has disclosed that another athlete Vienna Ssekanga also disappeared in Australia.
Beatrice Ayikoru at the Games Village in Australia.
The Chief de mission of Uganda's team at the just ended 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Beatrice Ayikoru has disclosed that another athlete Vienna Ssekanga also disappeared in Australia.
Ayikoru told URN in an interview that she handled the matter to the Gold Coast boarder Police last week before she returned back home. “ Six Ugandan athletes disappeared from the Games Village and have not returned home yet,” Ayikoru made it clear.
Weightlifters Irene Kasubo and Kalidi Batuusa were the first to vanish during the Games before two boxers Regan Ssimbwa, Nasir Bashir and table tennis female player Halima Nambozo also disappeared.
Ayikoru explained that while the weightlifters disappeared with their passports, the other four left their passports with the officials and disappeared without them.
“We handed the four passports and reported the matter to the Gold Coast boarder Police before returning,” added Ayikoru, also 2nd Vice President (Technical) for the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) and general secretary for the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF).
Uganda bagged six medals at the Games finishing in 15th place. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women's 10,000m gold medal and Solomom Munyo Mutai a sliver in marathon.
Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the 10,000m race and boxer Juma Miiro a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.