Moses Kipsiro loves athletics but there is one thing he hates with a passion – Kenya’s dominance.
The East African neighbours have made middle and long distance honours their own at such events and Kipsiro credits them because they manage the sport like a business unlike Uganda.
Here, the Kenyans swept all the medals in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, 10,000m and marathon. Tonight at Hampden Park, Kenya could get another clean sweep in the men’s 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase finals.
“It hurts me to see them dominate in such a manner,” Kipsiro, the 2010 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist (5,000m/10,000m),” said.
“But they deserve all the honours because they invest a lot. In Uganda we take things so casually. We think of sports as leisure yet it has become a multi-billion sector.”
Kipsiro finished a distant eighth as Kenyan Caleb Mwangangi took his 5,000m title on Sunday and a troublesome knee has threatened to ensure he leaves Glasgow empty-handed.
“I am treating it and the pain is not that much. I pray it does not react on race day,” Kipsiro noted.
“It will be so unfortunate if Kenyans win all the medals again.”
While Kipsiro is determined to halt Kenya’s dominance, they are bound to call the shots in the 3,000m steeplechase final with Ezekiel Kemboi favourite for gold.
Uganda will have no representative in the water-jump race after Jacob Araptany made a late decision to skip the Games through injury.
“The athletics federation informed us he wasn’t in shape to compete,” Uganda’s chef de mission to the Games Ambrose Tashobya revealed yesterday.
Ali Ngaimoko has, meanwhile, said he will compete in the men’s 400m relays first round tonight. “I have no choice.
I have to run since there is no replacement. But under normal circumstances, I shouldn’t be running,” said Ngaimoko, who is yet to fully recover from malaria.
The relay team also has Anthony Okiror, Emmanuel Tugumisirize and national champion Denis Opio, who is yet to come to terms with the pain of missing out on the 400m flat race due to athletics officials’ slackness.
UGANDANS IN ACTION
ATHLETICS RESULT - Men’s 800m semis
Nigel Amos (Botswana) 1:45.65
Ronald Musagala (Uganda) 1:45.98
Andre Olivier (S. Africa) 1:46.30
BADMINTON - Women’s doubles
Olver Heather/Robertshaw Kate (England) bt Daisy Nakalyango/Margaret Nankabirwa (Uganda) 2-0 (21-3, 21-6)
Dennerly-Minturn Kevin/Leydon-Davis Oliver (N. Zealand) bt Wilson Tukire/Edwin Ekiring (Uganda) 2-0 (21-10, 21-7)
WEIGHTLIFTING - Women’s +75kg (Group A)
1.Usman Maryam (Nigeria) 280kgs
2.Ele Opeloge (Samoa) 271
3.Tracey Lambrechis (N. Zealand) 237
9.Becky Namusoke (Uganda) 201
SQUASH (MEN’S DOUBLES)
Saurav Ghosal/Harinder Sandhu (India) bt Paul Kadoma/Michael Kawooya 2-0 (11-7, 11-3)
TABLE TENNIS - Mixed doubles (1st round)
Dowell Anthony/Riley Anthonette (Barbados) bt Kevin Mafabi/Amina Lukaaya (Uganda) 3-0 (11-3, 11-1, 11-8)
Paul Mutambuze/Ludia Nantunga (Uganda) bt Saul Samuel/Abel Roanna (Vantua) 3-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-7)
Kama Achanta/Shamini Kumaresan (India) bt Mutambuze/Nantunga 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-4)
Men’s doubles (1st round)
Dinesh Deshappriya/Ronah Sirisena (S. Lanka) bt Mafabi/Mutambuze 3-1 (11-8, 11-