Uganda atheletes to feel at home in Japan


Uganda athletes who will represent the country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan will find no hassle settling in Japan after the government of Uganda and that of Tateshina town signed a memorandum of understanding to host the Ugandans ahead of the games.

Following the signing, Japanese ambassador to Uganda Kazuaki Kameda hosted the visiting delegation from Japan led by Tateshina town Mayor Masato Yonemura to a dinner at his residence, which was also attended by a delegation from the Ministry of Education and Sports as well as another from the National Council of Sports.

Kameda said he was pleased to have received the delegation from Japan, but also pleased to have visited the high altitude center in Kapchorwa similar to the one that the Ugandan athletes will camp in in Tateshina ahead of the Olympics.

“The Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the bilateral relationship between Uganda and Japan through sport,” Kameda noted.

Tateshina Mayor Yonemura said he was impressed by the energetic and enthusiastic Ugandan people and said the cooperation between the two countries was going to be the bridge to further partnerships and exchanges between the two countries.

 Sports Minister Charles Bakabulindi (2nd L) receives the partnership copy from  Tateshina City Mayor Masato Yonenura as ambassador  Kameda Kazuaki and Commisioner for sports Omara Apita look on. PHOTO: Johnson Were

Uganda Athletics Federation president Dominic Otuchet said the partnership was a significant collaboration between Uganda and Japan and saying that they will be ready to send qualified athletes to the city which will be an added advantage to the athletes.

NCS acting General Secretary Patrick Ogwel thanked the ambassador for laying a great foundation for team Uganda who will be like home at the games.

“On behalf of government we commit that we shall strengthen this relationship and even cooperate in other programs that will enhance our athletes. As government we are committed to use sports for career development and strengthening our relationship with Japan,” Ogwel who was in the company of sports Commissioner Omara Apita and NCS’s David Katende stated.

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