The team of nine people including three boxers, one weight lifter and one swimmer plus coaches and officials was flagged off on Thursday by Sports Minister Hamson Obua to go for their one-month spell in Japan before the final games in July.
One member of the first batch of Uganda Olympic team has tested
positive for COVID-19 on arrival in Japan for a one-month training ahead of the
The team of nine people including three boxers, one weight
lifter and one swimmer plus coaches and officials was flagged off on Thursday by
Sports Minister Hamson Obua to go for their one-month spell in Japan before
the final games in July.
However, after arrival in Japan on Saturday, one of the members tested positive and he is kept in the Japan’s designated isolation facility while the other members of the Ugandan party have
already left the airport for Osaka, western Japan, where they will train ahead
of the Games.
Hidemasa Nakamura, the Tokyo 2020 Games delivery officer,
while talking to reporters also made it clear that the person had been isolated. “I heard the person has been isolated based on regulations,” said Nakamura.
While flagging off the athletes, Beatrice Ayikoru, the
chief of mission for Tokyo made it clear that all athletes had been vaccinated
and tested twice before leaving.She also said they have been in isolation for two
The team wanted to start gearing up for the Games at
their training camp, however this therefore means that their preparations
suffered a setback, with one member expected to take over two weeks without the
This comes at a time when the NCS boss Dr. Ogwel had told
sports Federations to appreciate the realities of the times and adhere to the
Standard Operating procedures, that the national team players should be secluded from the public to prevent them from getting the virus.
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This is the fourth incident to happen on a Ugandan contingent, and three Uganda National teams have been withdrawn from international competitions
accordingly after members of these members tested positive for COVID-19 on the eve of the kick off of the competitions.
These include the National Basketball team, Women Cricket
and lately the Uganda Rugby Sevens team that was withdrawn from Olympic qualifiers
The second batch of Uganda Olympians is scheduled to travel
on 29th and 30th this month. According to Ayikoru the
team will comprised of the middle distance runners from the athletics discipline.