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Uganda: Team Uganda ‘Feeling At Home’ in Tateshina

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The second batch of Team Uganda arrived in Japan on Wednesday for the Tokyo Olympics which begin in a week.

And unlike the first batch which headed to Izumisano last month, there was no case for coronavirus reported when four runners and three coaches arrived at Narita Airport in Tokyo. The group remained intact and connected to Team Uganda’s second camp in Tateshina, arriving about 3am local time (9pm in Kampala).

“Yes, they reached safely in Tateshina,” Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) general secretary Beatrice Ayikoru said.

“They entered Japan, no Covid positive result,” she added before media liaison officer Aisha Nassanga shared images of the team’s arrival in Tateshina.

Tateshina is located in Nagano Prefecture and the place is at a high altitude because of mountain Tateshina which has an elevation of 2530m above sea level.

High altitude area

And following the first training workout in the early hours of yesterday (morning time in Tateshina), the group is feeling at home, according to coach Benjamin Njia. “It’s high altitude here, just like Teryet,” he said. “It is cold, the weather is (like) for Teryet. In the morning, it was a bit sunny but now it’s raining,” Njia noted last evening.

Bar 400m sprinter Shida Leni, trio of 3000m steeplechaser Albert Chemutai and women’s 5000m duo Esther Chebet and Sarah Chelangat connected to Tateshina from the national team bio-bubble camp in hilly Kapchorwa.

Removing fatigue

“We did an easy session today (yesterday) to remove fatigue,” said Njia, “Tomorrow (today) work outs,” added Njia who is in company of other coaches Margaret Ijala and Narisesio Bigingo.

The pre-Games’ camps for long-distance runners in Tateshina and that for three boxers and swimmer Atuhaire Ambala in low altitude Izumisano are to help athletes acclimatize, according Ayikoru. Chef de mission Ayikoru, team administrator Elijah Njawuzi and Nassanga form the team’s third batch which proceeds to Tokyo tonight.

TRAVELLING TEAM

Batch That Left On July 13:

Albert Chemutai (3000m steeplechase),

Shida Leni (400m),

Esther Chebet and Sarah Chelangat (both 5000m),

Benjamin Njia (Coach),

Margaret Ijala (Coach),

Narisesio Bugingo (Coach)

Batch Leaving Today:

Beatrice Ayikoru (Chef de mission),

Elijah Njawuzi (Team Administrator), and Aisha Nassanga (Media Liaison)

UGANDA’S MEDALS AT OLYMPICS

1968 Mexico City: Eridadi Mukwanga (Bantamweight Silver)

1968 Mexico City: Leo Rwabwogo (Flyweight Bronze)

1972 Munich: John Akii-Bua (400m Hurdles Gold)

1972 Munich: Leo Rwabwogo (Flyweight Silver)

1980 Moscow: John Mugabi (Welterweight Silver)

1996 Atlanta: Davis Kamoga (400m Bronze)

2012 London: Stephen Kiprotich (Marathon Gold)

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