By USPA Media

Athlete Winnie Nanyondo is yet to receive her visa that will allow her travel to Monaco to compete in the IAAF Diamond League championship next week August 14.

Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) president Dominec Otucket disclosed this to the First Lady and Minister of Education & Sports. Janet K Museveni on Friday august 7,2020 at the flag off ceremony of the four athletes to compete in the IAAF event.

The four athletes flagged off at state house State House Nakasero by the first Lady include, Joshua Cheptegei, Halima Nakaayi, Nanyondo Winnie and Kissa Stephan.

“We have not yet secured the visa for Nanyondo but we are doing all it takes to secure it in time,” Otucket said before the First Lady and President for her strong support for sports

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of State for Sports Honorable Hamson Obua, president Uganda Olympic Committee/IOC Member William Blick, and Commissioner Physical Education Ministry of Education and Sports Omara Apiita,

Others included NCS chairman and UOC secretary General Dr. Donald Rukare, Dr. Patrick Ogwel General Secretary National Council of Sports, Special Presidential Assistant for Sports Gunter Lange and president Uganda Athletics Federation Domenic Otucket.

He further lauded State minister for sports Hamson Obua, National Council of sports chairman Dr. Donald Rukare and his team as well as the President UOC William Blick for the guidance.

 The First Lady thanked all the people present for their unwavering commitment to the development of sports in Uganda.

She specifically thanked the athletes for their excellent performances which were globally recognized as manifested by the number of medals being won by athletes.

 She urged the athletes to be disciplined, act with integrity at all times and avoid temptation to use prohibited substances.

She reaffirmed her commitment to support sports and revealed that the government was embarking on renovating a number of facilities that included Mandela Namboole, Nakivubo, Aki Bua and Buhinga stadiums.

Cheptegei thanked the government for the support and pledged that the team will do its best in Monaco to win medals.

“For me, I’m focused on breaking the world record in 5000m,” Cheptegei said.

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