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Shame as Ugandan athletes set to be deported from Australia

by James Ateenyi

Two Ugandan athletes who disappeared during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia are to be deported.

John Mosco Onyik, the board chairman of the National Council of Sports (NCS) said that the two of the athletes who are under detention by the Australian government will be deported before the end of the year.

“We have been in contact with the authorities and the two out of the six who run away will be deported soon,” Onyik told URN.

Although Onyik refused to disclose the names of the two athletes, the six who vanished during the Games in April this year include; Irene Kasubo and Kalidi Batuusa (weightlifting), Regan Ssimbwa and Nasir Bashir (boxing), Halima Nambozo (table tennis) and cyclist Vienna Ssekanga.

Onyik warned that the government is going to put in place strict measures to sporting associations and federations before their athletes are cleared to travel for international competitions.
When contacted, Beatrice Ayikoru, who was Uganda’s chief de mission at the Games, she said she had no information on the two athletes who are reportedly arrested awaiting deportation.

After the Games ended in late April, the Australian Home Affairs minister, Peter Dutton, urged the athletes who stayed back in Australia to present themselves to authorities, and warned they could be deported for breaching visa conditions if they did not “self-declare”.

Uganda won three gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games through Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei (2 medals) and Stella Chesang. Mercyline Chelangat also won a bronze medal in athletics and another bronze by boxer Juma Miiro in boxing.

Written by URN

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