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First Batch Of Olympians Flagged Off For Tokyo Olympics

The athletes who include boxers, weightlifter and a swimmer will leave for Japan on Friday for 33 days of training ahead of the Olympics next month.
Sports Minister disgnate Hamson Obua flagging off the Olympians at Lugogo

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Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) has today flagged off the first batch of athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The athletes who include boxers, weightlifter and a swimmer will leave for Japan on Friday for 33 days of training ahead of the Olympics next month.

The event was graced by the Minister of State for sports designate, Hamson Obua and Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) president, Donald Rukare together with the General Secretary of the National Council of Sports (NCS), Bernard Ogwel. The event was held at Cooper chimney Restaurant in Lugogo.

The athletes who are part of the first batch includes boxers Shadir Musa, Catherine Nanziri and David Semujju, weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko and Swimmer Atuhaire Ambala.

Beatrice Ayikoru, the UOC Secretary General told Uganda Radio Network that the athletes accompanied by David Katende, the NCS assistant Secretary General technical will go to Izumisano City, Japan where they will camp for a month before they head to Tokyo for the final Olympic Games. 

//Cue in: this team will …

Cue out: …for the games.”//

Obua argued the athletes to go for the Games with the mentality of winning. He said they should not opt for just participating in the Games but they should strive for medals. 

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Cue out: a bronze medal.”//

Rukare thanked the government for the support given to the athletes in preparations for the Games and thanked the Embassy of Japan for the support given to Uganda Olympic Committee.

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Cue out: beautiful country.”//

Moses Muhangi, President Uganda Boxing Federation, argued athletes to play their part and make the country proud. He said the administrators have played their part and it is now in the hands of the athletes.

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Cue out: … praying for them.”//

According to Ayikoru, the second batch of players is expected to leave the country next week. Uganda has so far qualified over 25 athletes in both Olympic and Paralympic games. This is the highest number of athletes Uganda has ever registered for Olympic games.

Uganda has a total of seven medals from Olympic games, 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze, with four coming from Boxing and three coming from athletics.  The latest medal was a gold medal won by long distance runner Steven Kiprotich at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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