Uganda’s chances of winning a medal at the on-going 2012 London Olympics have reduced after track and field athletes Annet Negesa pulled out due to injury.
Uganda’s chances of winning a medal at the on-going 2012 London Olympics have suffered another setback after track and field athlete Annet Negesa has been forced to pull out due to injury.
A source who wishes to remain anonymous has revealed that Negesa’s coach Kasajja wrote a letter on July 25 stating that Negesa has an Achilles tendon problem and will not make it to the Olympics.
However, a rumour had started circulating early Monday morning that the 800m runner would not make the trip because of other reasons that were strictly confidential. Negesa’s withdrawal is a big blow for Uganda in her quest of winning medals since the last one won by Davis Kamoga 16 years ago.
According to the letter that URN saw, headed ‘Notification of Negesa not being in position to go for the Olympics due to injury,’ her coach Rafael Kasajja said they had tried to treat the injury but it progressed from bad to worse. He also explained that with the three options available like an immediate operation or using pain killers to run, they opted for having a total body rest. He reasoned that using pain killers as an immediate solution would rapture the tendon completely.
Negesa, who won two gold medals during the All Africa Games, was not available for comment as her known mobile phone number was switched off. Another coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe who will travel with the athletes to London said he was not aware of the development since he has been with the long distance runners in Iten in Kenya.
With Negesa not ruled out, medal hopes in track and field remain with Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Benjamin Kiplagat, Janet Achola, Jane Suuto, Stephen Kiprotich, Jacob Araptany, Geoffrey Kusuro, Abraham Kiplimo, Julius Mutenkanga and Thomas Ayeko.
Meanwhile, weightlifter Charles Ssekyaya also found the going tough this afternoon when he finished 6th in the preliminary round of the 62kg category. Indonesia’s Hasabi Muhamad came top with a total weight of 301kg, while Ssekyaya managed to carry only 235kg.
Ssekyaya’s exit followed badminton player Edwin Ekiring’s elimination in the morning after losing to a player from Hong Kong. Other Ugandan athletes expected to compete are the two swimmers Ganzi Mugulu and Jamila Lunkuse.