President Museveni announces Uganda teams for World Championships in Athletics and Commonwealth Games


  • 2022 World Athletics Championships: 15e – 25e July (Oregon, USA)
  • XXII Commonwealth Games: 28e July – 8e August 2022 (Birmingham, UK)

Ugandan President, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has officially announced the national teams for two upcoming international events; the 2022 World Championships in Athletics and the Commonwealth Games.

The official flag handover ceremony took place at the Kololo Independence Ceremony Grounds in Kampala on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Joshua Cheptegei receives the national flag from President Museveni

The President urged the delegation to work diligently to represent his country with honor.

He also highlighted the value of sports ranging from fitness, character building, entertainment, teamwork and publicity of the country, warning sportsmen against bad drinking manners. and sexual immorality.

“Sport is a way to represent your country to the rest of the world. Do it with honor and for sportsmen, aim for high performance by avoiding problems like alcohol and sexual immorality. Once you have the talent, fear not. Stay focused on training, urged President Museveni.

Swimmers Kirabo Namutebi and Tendo Mukalazi receive the national flag from President Museveni on the grounds of the Kololo independence ceremony. (David Isabirye)

The Minister of Education and Sports, also First Lady Janet Museveni, urged sportsmen to discipline and a spirit of patriotism.

“Stay with discipline, focus and the spirit of patriotism. You must stay disciplined at all times,” Janet Museveni stressed.

Ugandan Team Captain General Michael Okoroach receives the national flag from President Museveni at Kololo in Kampala City. (David Isabirye)

The team’s overall captain, Michael Okoroach, a rugby player, was grateful to the Ugandan government for their support as he pledged to lead valiantly.

“I am honored to be captain of the Ugandan team again after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. I will use my experience to lead the team. I thank the Government for the support, l “UOC and the National Sports Council and the parent sports associations. We have prepared well and are ready to die a little for the country,” said Okoroach, who is also captain of the national rugby 7s team.

Minister Obua receives the national flag from President Museveni in Kololo. (David Isabirye)

Sports Minister Denis Hamson Obua said he was delighted with the 7 national teams qualifying for the world stage in the first stage of the year, attributing the achievement to good planning and government support.

“What was just a dream is now a reality. We have qualified 7 national teams for the different world events in just 7 months this year. These are Athletics, Lacrosse, Kabaddi, Netball, rugby, U-19 cricket, netball and swimming Obua hinted.

Some of the athletes at Kololo Independence Grounds, Kampala. (David Isabirye)

In his address, Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) President Donald Rukare underscored the value of sport to the nation and called for more sports infrastructure to be put in place.

NCS President Ambrose Tashobya, like the rest of the speakers, underlined the enormous value of these international sports competitions for the tourism sector and the image of the whole country.

Donald Rukare and Ambrose Tashobya alongside athletes at the Kololo Independence Ceremonial Grounds. (David Isabirye)

Uganda Team Chef de Mission in Birmingham, Moses Mwase assured the country that with the smooth preparations, the country expects to improve their performance from the last Commonwealth Games held where Uganda finished with 6 medals.

“We have prepared well and hope to improve on the performance from last time we traveled to the Commonwealth Games,” Mwase promised.

The team bound for the athletics world championship will leave the country on Tuesday via KLM Airways at 11 p.m.

At the Commonwealth Games, Uganda will be represented in 11 sports: squash, netball, rugby, swimming, para-swimming, table tennis, badminton, wrestling, cycling, boxing and athletics.

LR: Paul Kasirye Kadoma, Ian Rukunya Kajubu and Michael Raymond Kawooya, the three representatives of Squash (Credit: David Isabirye)
LR: Rita Nakhumitsa, Parvin Nangonzi, Florence Seera and Jemimah Nakawala, the table tennis players (Credit: David Isabirye)

Ugandan team delegation:

Swimming:

  • Athletes: Avice Meya, Kirabo Namutebi, Ambala Atuhaire, Tendo Mukalazi
  • Officials: Tonnie Kasujja, Mary Kezia Wairimu

Para-swimming:

  • Athlete: Husnah Kukundakwe
  • Official: Patience Batamuriza

Bike:

  • Athletes: Charles Kagimu, Rachel Nakyanzi
  • Officials: Sam Muwonge, Ishaka Bukenya

To crush:

  • Athletes: Micheal Raymond Kawooya, Paul Kasirye Kadoma
  • Official: Ian Kajubu Rukunya

Badminton:

  • Players: Brian Kasirye, Daniel Wanagalya, Friday Atama, Fadillah Shamika, Husinah Kobugabe, Tracy Naluwooza, Kenneth Mwambu, Rajab Natasha
  • Officials: William Kabindi, Annet Nakamya

Struggle:

  • Athletes: Veronica Ayo, Jacob Ntuyo
  • Officials: Shamim Nakayenga, Ivan Masakwe

Bodybuilding:

  • Athletes: Davis Niyoyita, Godfrey Baligeya, Mubarak Musoke Kivumbi
  • Officials: Khasimu Nsubuga, Sam Lubinga, Salim Musoke Ssenkungu, Miesa Musoke Nansikombi, Willy Jjagwe, Haula Musoke, Shakira Nantaba

Table tennis:

  • Athletes: Florence Seera, Parvin Nangonzi, Jemimah Nakawala, Rita Nakhumitsa
  • Officials: Robert Jjagwe (President Uganda Table Tennis Association), Jude Mutete (Head Coach)

Boxing:

  • Athletes: Teddy Nakimuli, Jonah Kyobe, Isaac Zebra Ssenyange, Yusuf Nkobeza, Joshua Tukamuhebwa, Owen Kibira
  • Officials: Patrick Lihanda (IBA Coach – Star 1), Twaib Mayanja (IBA Coach – Star 1), Moses Muhangi (IBA – ITO), Simon Barigo

Athletics:

  • Athletes: Abu Mayanja Salim, Haron Adoli, Pius Adome, Linet Chebet Toroitich, Sarah Chelangat, Victor Kiplangat, Peruth Chemutai, Mercycline Chelangat, Stella Chesang, Tom Dradriga, Jacent Nyamahunge, Emmanuel Orim, Joyce Josephine Lalam, Halima Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo, Benson Okot , Shida Leni, Emmanuel Otim, Jacob Kiplimo, Joshua Kiprui Cheptegi
  • Officials: Benjamin Njia, Paul Okello, Barbara Christine Asiimwe, Davis Mawerere Namayo, Susan Laker, Francis Demayi, Lawrence Kavuma, Dominic Otucet, Beatrice Nekesa, Benjamin Longiros, Timothy Masaba

7-a-side rugby:

  • Athletes: Micheal Okorach, Isaac Massanganzira, Arnold Ian Munyani, Philip Wokorach, Adrian Kasito, Timothy Kisiga, Desira Ruhweza Ayera, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, William Ampeire Nkore, Nobert Sexton Okeny, Alex Aturinda, Karim Arinaitwe, Levis Ocen, Ivan Otema
  • Officials: Tolbert Omolo Onyango, Samuel Asiimwe Rwakijuma, Michael Wandera, Timothy Mudoola Muwumba

Netball:

  • Athletes (Final 12 yet to be confirmed): Peace Proscovia, Mary Nubba Cholhok, Irene Eyaru, Shadia Ssegujja Nassanga, Muhammed Haniisha Nakaate, Norah Lunkuse, Jesca Achan, Margaret Baagala, Alice Wasagali, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Sandra Ruth Nambirige, Stella Oyella, Viola Asingo, Rosette Namutebi, Conchepta Desiree Birungi
  • Officials: Sarah Babirye Kityo, Fred Tabale Mugerwa, Sarah Namuddu, Charles Baliise Kirunda, Francia Banya

Technical team:

Prossy Namusisi, Kisolo Muwanga, Shadiah Nakamanya, Sarah Chelangat, Shakira Mutesi, Arthur Nuwagaba, John Ssentamu

Commonwealth Games Association Uganda

Executive Committee: Donald Rukare, Moses Benon Mwase, Dunstan Nsubuga, Beatrice Ayikoru, Annie Mungoma, Lydia Gloria Dhamuzungu, Ganzi Mugula, Abdul Nasser Sserunjoji, Sadik Nasiwu, Aisha Kagere, Godwin Kayangwe

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