Tuesday December 19 2017

Athletes, swimmers ready to race amidst continued work on facilities

By MAKHTUM MUZIRANSA

KAMPALA- Ball games dominated the first two days of the Association of Uganda University Games (AUUS) at Ndejje but today will see an adrenaline rush for the speedsters.

Athletics is set to take centre stage with the 100m and 400m sprints expected (the schedule was still subject to confirmation by press time) to further light up the already competitive games.

However, by yesterday, the day works were still ongoing to mark the lanes at the athletics track.

“The track is a bit hard but all the same we are expecting to give it a real go in the sprints (100, 200 and 400m),” Bugema University sports tutor Faustino Kiwa told Daily Monitor, as he supervised works to get the track ready and prepare the main pitch for field events.

Ndejje had earlier promised to have a tartan track but financial constraints left them settling with one made from a mixture of cement and soil.

“We hope it doesn’t rain because then the track will be very slippery like a wet floor,” Kiwa said before revealing to us that placing tartan on the track could have cost Ndejje University about Shs1bn.

Meanwhile, Kyambogo’s Avice Meya is confident of capping what has been a busy year on the local and international scene with a commanding performance when swimming commences this morning.

“I think swimming will be competitive because Ndejje has the Rwandese like Alphonsine (Agahozo) but we shall cope,” Meya, who has represented Uganda at the World Championships, Islamic Solidarity Games and World University Games in the last 12 months, said.

However, the national swimmer was disappointed that they were no diving blocks and lane ropes at the pool yesterday – at a time most swimmers wanted to prepare for their races. The event list was also not out by press time.

“At least we know we must swim tomorrow (today) so we wait and see. Hopefully all those things will be fixed in time for the races,” she added.
mmuziransa@ug.nationmedia.com

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