Uganda’s chances of having more swimmers taking part at the Olympics are deminishing by the year’s as qualification gets tough and tough for developing countries according to Uganda Swimming Federation president Don Rukare.
“The chances of Uganda and developing countries have more swimmers going to the Olympics are getting harder and harder as the year’s go by,” Rukare said during a general meeting for the federation at the weekend at Sheraton Hotel. “At the moment their 150 places for swimmers to qualify for the Olympics that is 75 Men and Women and those slots are for those that have not qualified for the Olympics at the moment Uganda has only one swimmer that has hit the mark.”
Uganda has been a big beneficiary of wild card slots by world swimming governing body FINA at most of the World Swimming competitions that is the short and long course competitions.
Uganda’s sole swimmer that has qualified for the Olympics is swimmer of the year Jamila Lunkuse, who is apparently attending a swimming scholarship in England.
“The International Olympic Committee is tighting on methods of countries qualifing for the games and soon or later they will scrap the option of using the wild card entry,” Rukare added. “At the same time they are monitoring swimmers who are switching their nationalities for them to get a back door to the games.”
Uganda has a chance of having other swimmers qualify for the games when they send a team to the CANA Zone 3 and 4 swimming championships in Maputo, Mozambique next month.