Uganda’s contingent at the Olympics is to be bolstered with the addition of four athletes from Uganda Athletics federation.
5000M runner Esther Chebet, Shida Leni (400m), Sarah Chelengat (5000M), and Albert Chemutai (3000m Steeplechase) are to set base in Tateshina town in Nagano prefecture for a pre-olympic games training camp and get used to the weather conditions in Japan.
The contingent also comprises of three coaches in Nalisesio Bigingo, Benjamin Njia and Margaret Ijala.
“The athletes will go to Tateshina Town in Nagano Prefecture, 400M runner Leni Shida is also part of the team,” Chef de mission Beatrice Ayikoru has confirmed to The-SportsNation.
Ayikoru further confirmed that 2018 10,000M Commonwealth Gold medalist Stella Chesang will not take part in this year’s event despite qualifying due to personal and fitness issues.
This is the second batch of the 27 athletes expected to represent Uganda at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
The first batch consisted of three boxers, Swimmer and a weight lifter and is currently in Izumisano city.
The games will be staged between July 23rd 2021 and August 8th 2021.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place last year but with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic the games were postponed for a period of one year.
Besides the team of four that will leave on Tuesday, Rower Kathleen Noble is expected to be the next to depart for Tokyo on 16th July while Swimmer Kirabo Namutebi will connect from Kazan Russia where she pitched camp to Tokyo on 20th of July.
Nine members of the Athletics team will move to Tokyo on the 25th of July – Ronald Musagala, Winnie Nanyondo, Halima Nakaayi, Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Oscar Chelimo, Prisca Chesang, Peruth Chemutai, and Stephen Kissa.
The remaining six will move on the 30th July. These are Mercyline Chelangat, Immaculate Chemutai, Juliet Chekwel, Stephen Kiprotich, Felix Chemonges and Fred Musobo.