The third and final delegation of the Uganda Olympics team that took part in the 32nd edition of the Olympic Games in Japan has safely returned home on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
The last batch included all the three Uganda’s medalists; Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (5000m gold medal and 10,000m silver), Peruth Chemutai (3000 m steeple chase gold) as well as Jacob Kiplimo (10,000m bronze).
Business at Entebbe International Airport came to a standstill as the medalists, other athletes and team officials disembarked from the plane.
As the eagerly awaited members went through the routine and mandatory immigration process, the awaiting people who included Government officials, parents, respective officials from various sports associations and federations, Uganda Tourism Board officials, friends, airport staff and the media were all keen to receive the heroes and heroines.
Sadly, media was kept a distance from the athletes pending the official state luncheon by His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta and the first lady at Kololo Independence Grounds on Wednesday, 11th August 2021.
John Chrysestom Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher EducationMinister John Chrizestom Muyingo received the delegation on behalf of the Government.
The entire delegation was accorded VVIP reception.
The three medalists were each granted a special open roofed car as they wore their medals for all to see in a public procession from Entebbe International Airport to the capital city, Kampala.
Thunderous applause greeted the athletes as they drove to Kampala, often pausing to wave and many took their pictures using cameras and cell phones.
The first group arrived on Thursday, 5th August 2021 with the second batch coming three days later before the final group on Tuesday.
The head of state will host the entire delegation at a welcome luncheon to be held at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala on Wednesday, 11th August 2021.
Uganda was represented by 25 sportsmen and women in athletes, swimming, boxing and rowing.
Thirteen of these were women and rest men.
Team Uganda Delegation:
Esther Chebet, Sarah Chelangat, Albert Chemutai, Prisca Chesang, Ronald Musagala, Winnie Nanyondo, Halima Nakaayi, Joshua Cheptegei, Jacob Kiplimo, Oscar Chelimo, Stephen Kissa, Peruth Chemutai, Mercyline Chelangat, Immaculate Chemutai, Juliet Chekwel, Stephen Kiprotich, Filex Chemongesi, Fred Musobo, Shida Leni
Catherine Nanziri, Musa Shadir Bwogi, David Kavuma Ssemujju
Grace Kathleen Noble
Kirabo Namutebi, Ambala Atuhaire
Hon Denis Hamson Obua (head of delegation), William Blick (IOC Member), Dr Donald Rukare (President NOC), Beatrice Ayikoru (Chef De Mission), Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel (General Team manager), Dr. Jacqueline Nana Nakiddu (Team doctor), Prossy Namusisi (Physitherapist), Tom Oomen (Physiotherapist), Shadiah Nakamanya (Chaperone), Aisha Nassanga (Media Liaison), Elijah Njawuzi (Team Admin), Ivan Mugowa (Team Admin), Moses Mwase (NOC), Ganzi Mugula (Athletes Representative)
Adrianus Ruiter (Coach, Athletics – Tokyo), Faustino Kiwa (Coach, Athletics – Sapporo), Gordon Ahimbisibwe (Coach, Athletics – Sapporo), Domenic Otucet (Official – Athletics, Tokyo), Margaret Ijala (Coach – Athletics, Tokyo), Narisesio Bigingo (Coach – Athletics, Tokyo), Benjamin Njia (Coach – Athletics, Tokyo), Andrew Sorowen (Official – Athletics, Tokyo), Patrick Lihenda (Coach, Boxing), Hassan Mohammed Mulandi (Coach, Boxing), Rodrick Muhumuza (Coach, Rowing), Ahsan Iqbal (Coach, Rowing), Muzafaru Muwanguzi (Coach, Swimming), Dunstan Nsubuga (NOC), Sadik Nasiwu (NOC), Salim Ssenkungu Musoke (ITO, Weightlifting), Aciga Fula (ITO, Boxing)