The ministry of Foreign Affairs has cleared a team of thirty six athletes to represent Uganda in the upcoming World University games in Taiwan. The games will be held in the Taiwanese capital Taipei.
Uganda’s Foreign Ministry had directed Uganda’s sports authority to skip the Summer games hosted by Taiwan. Purposely to respect a diplomatic “one china policy” where china requested Uganda not to send its team to Taipei in this year’s World University games. This is because China believes that Taiwan a breakaway province needs to be unified.
The Association of Uganda University Sports Association (AUUS) met with the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the team was cleared. Mr Mark Kayongo the association treasurer confirmed this.
Ugandan Athletes will compete in five disciplines including Basketball, Badminton, Tennis and swimming.
In 2015, Uganda’s team participated in the games led by Penina Kabenge. Dorcus Ajok won Uganda gold in the last edition. She is a key athlete in the team and will be expected to defend her title at the games.
Regarded as the second largest multi-sport competition after the Olympics, the World University games attract over one hundred Universities from different countries.
Students participate in ten compulsory sports with thirteen disciplines and three optional sports chosen by the country hosting which is Taiwan this time.
Ugandans are hoping big for their team as they deem sports a great venture to promote their nation overseas no wonder they welcome those who positively work up to this as heros on their return home.
By Huzaifah Ssekajugo