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The Uganda Men’s Rugby Sevens national team has suffered a major stumbling block in their Tokyo Olympic Games dream with barely two months to the global event.

Two players, Aaron Ofoywroth and Adrian Kasito returned positive tests for COVID-19 and had to miss the flight to Monaco on Sunday night. This was after another player Joseph Aredo had earlier tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, the coach Tolbert Onyango and team physio Samuel Asiimwe have also tested positive.

The team that travelled to Monaco with team manager Michael Wandera

This leaves the team in a difficult place and may significantly affect their performance on the weekend. The team are going to compete for one slot to the Olympic Games during the Rugby Sevens Repechage in the Principality of Monaco from Friday, June 18 at the Stade de Louis II Stadium.

However, the Uganda Rugby Union have swiftly swung into action to ensure that the team are at the best strength possible.

CEO Ramsey Olinga revealed to Kawowo Sports on Monday afternoon that they have secured visas for replacement players James Odongo and Kelvin Balagadde plus Rugby Cranes national team doctor Faith Komagum. He added that management are working around the clock to get the trio on the next flight to Monaco.

For the coach, discussions are still ongoing with all stakeholders including tournament organisers and the sponsor to obtain the services of a substitute coach. Olinga said that further details on this arrangement will be shared as soon as they confirmed.

The Olympic Repechage kicks off this Friday at 7 p.m. EAT with two matches. Uganda was drawn in Pool B alongside France, Jamaica, Chile and Hong Kong.

Ernest Akorebirungi is an amateur rugby player and a keen follower of local Ugandan rugby.

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