Athletes in Uganda are hopeful in their preparations as they look towards the Tokyo Olympics for which a countdown has begun by the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC).

Uganda’s Boxing trio of Catherine Nanziri, Shadir Musa and David Ssemujju as well as world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi, all expressed a high level of enthusiasm and optimism noting that they were putting themselves through the work to be able to achieve.

Nakaayi remarked that they were putting themselves through hard work, saying “The Games are on. You can’t imagine what we are going through”. An excited Nanziri said “I will be the first to represent Uganda (in boxing). I am happy and grateful”, and Ssemujju noted with a verve that there was not much to say as the target is to bring home medals.

“I won’t say much because what I do most is in the ring. All I can say is that we want to return here with medals,” the middleweight said.

For Uganda, about 23 athletes have qualified to represent the country in athletics, rowing and boxing, with more representatives in skating, rugby, weightlifting and swimming expected to join the team.


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