First batch of team Uganda in Tokyo. Courtesy photo
National Council of Sports General Secretary Bernard Ogwel says Government have released Shs5.3 billion that will help Team Uganda in the Olympics games that will kick off on July 23, 2021.
Ogwel who is also the manager of Team Uganda at the Olympics games explains how the money will be used.
“Government have released 5.3 billion which will take care of; one – qualifications of team Uganda for some of the remaining qualifications for the month of June for the tune of Sh774m.”
“We also have the precamp training expenses totaling to about 827M.
“The actual participation of Team Uganda in the Olympics from 23rd July to 10th August will take sh2.6bn that includes the procurements, allowances, air tickets costs, cost of competition gears and others.”
He also said the first first batch are in the camp in Zumisano for a month.
“We had one swimmer, 3 boxers and one weightlifter in the squad and we wish them well in one month period in the Zumisano city which is a pregame training centre.”
“Government of Uganda signed a protocol with Government of Japan two years ago for our athletes to attend this very prestigious training camp which is organized before the games.”
Team Uganda will travel to Japan in five groups.
Lato milk and Absa bank have been part of Uganda’s preparations.
“We also have the second team of advanced managers and one administrator that will leave Uganda on June 16th to prepare to receive team Uganda second batch on 20th July.
Uganda will be sending their biggest contingent in the Olympic games for the first time since 1972.
There are so far 27 confirmed sportsmen from Uganda who will be in Tokyo for the games.