The Ugandan camp is currently in panic after one in the delegation that departed for Tokyo Olympic Games tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan.
“Good morning colleagues. We have received notification that upon arrival one member of the team delegation of nine tested COVID-19 positive. The delegation has been fully vaccinated and underwent the mandatory two COVID -19 tests before departure. All were negative,” read the statement from Uganda Olympic Committee president Dr Donald Rukare.
The statement added, “the rest of team members (eight) have arrived in Izumisano city Osaka. We are liaising with the team and the Embassy of Uganda officials in Tokyo. The safety and health of our team remains our paramount priority.”
ChimpReports understands that national boxing team (Bombers) head coach Patrick Lihanda tested positive and thus been left out of the team that left early on Sunday morning for the host town of Izumisano city Osaka.
With one month to the Olympics, Lihanda will be subjected to a two-week mandatory quarantine to enable his successful journey to recovery before joining the rest of the team.
He was part of the contingent (five athletes and four officials) that departed on Friday for a training camp in Japan ahead of the games proper.
The team includes Bombers trio of Musa Shadir Bwogi, David Ssemujju and Catherine Nanziri, weight lifter Julius Ssekitoleko, swimmer Ambala Atuhaire, Hakim Ssempereza (Weight lifting coach) as well as two boxing coaches Meddie Mulandi and Patrick Lihanda, and National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary David Katende (leader of delegation).
Uganda has a total of 27 athletes who have so far qualified for the Olympic games earmarked for 23rd July to 8th August.