Inzikuru Skips Beijing Olympics

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Uganda's chances for medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics have been dealt a blow, following reports that gold medalist Dorcus Inzikuru has not qualified for the games due to lack of form. Francis Nyangweso, the President of Uganda Olympic Committee, says that Inzikuru has not regained her winning form after she gave birth to a bouncing baby girl last December. So far only eleven athletes have qualified for the games. They include six for athletics, three for swimming and one each for badminton and boxing. Inzikuru had assured Ugandans that she would have regained her winning form hence increasing Uganda's chances of getting medals at the games. Nyangweso said it would be good for Inzikuru to avoid embarrassment by skipping the games and instead focus on other upcoming events like the Commonwealth Games, the All Africa Games and the 2012 London Olympics. //Cue in: Unfortunately Dorcus Inzikuru # Cue out: # very short. Inzikuru could not be reached for a comment, though sources say the Arua Gazelle in undergoing rigorous training in the Kenya highlands, with the aim of beating the July 23rd deadline for runners. Nyangweso said eight other junior athletes are in Poland for training hoping to make to the Beijing list. With Inzikuru's participation in doubt, Uganda's hope lies squarely on runners Kipsiro, Kiprop and marathoner Malinga.


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