The Uganda Olympic committee is hoping for extra funds from their mother body, the International Olympic Committee, to help them cater to their athletes who had qualified for the Olympics that were scheduled for this year but have been extended to 2021.
Following the confirmation that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been postponed to next year, the Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick revealed to Next Media that they are concerned about how this will affect their athletes’ preparations for the games, and hope for extra support from the International Olympic Committee.
Blick says that the one-year extension means that the athletes need to prepare for an extra year, and this would require extra funds.
With one boxer, Shadir Musa, and other athletes already guaranteed slots in the Olympics, the Uganda Boxing Federation president Moses Muhangi also re-echoed the need for funds to help these athletes train well through this extra period.
The Olympics had been set to take place from the 24th of July in the Japanese capital Tokyo, but with the persisting Coronavirus disease that has disorganized global order, and some major countries pulling out, it was inevitable for the games to be postponed to next year in the interest of people’s health.