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Grand welcome prepared for Uganda’s Commonwealth team

Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei is on plane returning home.

Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni will on Thursday be at Entebbe International Airport to receive Uganda’s team that participated at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Lamex Omara Apita, the Commissioner in-charge of Physical Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports confirmed to URN on Wednesday afternoon that the First Lady has confirmed that she will personally be at the Airport to welcome the team.

Uganda finished in 15th place at the Games that climaxed on Sunday. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Boxer Juma Miiro picked a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.

However two weightlifters Irene Kasuubo and Kalidi Batuusa who vanished last Thursday are not part of the team traveling back to Uganda.

Dr Patrick Ogwel, the team manager of Uganda’s team and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports (NCS) told URN before the team left Australia on Wednesday that the two athletes did not show up to travel back to Uganda. “We have alerted the Australian authorities and they will take over the matter,” said Ogwel.

“The first batch will arrive on an Emirates flight at 1.50pm after which the two gold medal winner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegi will arrive on a South African Airlines flight 40 minutes later. Government will later host the team to a luncheon at Imperial Hotel in Entebbe,” added Apita.

He also made it clear that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will host the team on April 22 to a luncheon at the State House in Entebbe. President Museveni left on Wednesday for London, England to attend the Commonwealth Heads of government meeting slated for April 19-20.

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