batch of the Uganda 2020 Tokyo Olympics team has kicked off normal preparations
ahead of the games that will run between July and August 2021. The team embarked on full training after the organizing
committee released two team members from quarantine after the boxing coach, Patrick
Lihanda tested positive for COVID-19.
He was quarantined at the airport shortly
after their arrival in Japan, last month before another athlete also tested
positive later and was also quarantined. The Olympics organizing committee later decided to
quarantine the remaining team members in their hotel in Izumisano city as
contacts of the positive cases. They were also restricted to train for the
hotel as they wait for clearance.
Now, Beatrice Ayikoru, the Chief de mission
Uganda Olympic Committee has confirmed to Uganda Radio Network that the team
has resumed normal training following the recovery of the two positive cases.
//Cue in: They have resumed
Cue out: … they are fine yes,”//
Ayikoru also told URN that the athletes will leave Izumisano
on July 28th, 2021 and head for the Tokyo Olympic village for further
preparations for the final summer games. The first contingent of team Uganda
comprised five athletes accompanied by coaches and one official from the
National Council of Sports who led the delegation.
The athletes were drawn from boxing, swimming and weightlifting. They include
Shadir Musa Bwogi, Catherine Nanziri, Semujju David, Julius Ssekitoleko and
Ambara Atuhaire. The second batch will leave the country next week and
will include majorly middle distance runners