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Clark helps squash team acclimatise

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By Sande Bashaija

Posted  Friday, July 18   2014 at  01:00

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Adam Clark has organised build-ups for Uganda’s three-man team as they gear up for the Commonwealth Games starting next week.

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Scotland- Some Ugandan sportsmen didn’t like the idea of travelling to Glasgow as early as they did.

Arriving ten days before the Games was completely unwelcome for them even though some have since changed their minds since the arrangement is helping them acclimatise.

One group that has hardly had any complaint since checking into the Games Village on Monday is the squash team. Paul Kadoma, Michael Kawooya and Ian Rukunya wouldn’t even mind staying longer after the curtains have come down on the Games next month.

The Kampala Club-based trio is having a wonderful time here thanks to the Glasgow-born Adam George Clark.

On Wednesday, the team had friendly engagements with Bridge of Allan Squash Club in Stirling and all of them emerged winners. Seed three Kadoma had to dig deep to beat Martin Jack 3-2 while Rukunya (seed two) and top seed Kawooya recorded identical 3-1 victories over Andy Meldrum and Liam Dickson.

Earlier in the day, the Ugandans had spent time at Sterling Castle, one of the most attractive tourist sites in Glasgow and visited Stirling University where the Scottish Commonwealth team is camping.
Last night they played friendlies at Hamilton Square Club and will travel to Edinburgh today before heading to Aberdeen tomorrow.

On Sunday, they will play in Inverness and wrap up their friendly engagements in Westlands, Glasgow next Tuesday.

Medal expectations
“You realise that they made many mistakes despite winning tonight,” Clark told Daily Monitor after the Wednesday event, “they have been playing against each other and need to face different opponents to gauge their strengths.”

While Clark doesn’t expect a medal from any of the Ugandans, he is satisfied he has made a contribution to make sure they enjoy their stay here.

“It’s hard for anyone out of the top five world’s best players to win a medal at such a level,” Clark, who played for Scotland as a junior said. “But am sure we can build from the experience gained here.”

The Kampala Club over-50 champion got in contact with the Ugandan team at Kampala Club where he is a member and has played a vital role in getting them logistics and equipment for the Games. A certified coach, Clark was accredited as an attaché to the team for the Games.

Kawooya said they were blessed to have Clark on their side. “He has been so helpful,” noted Kawooya. “For the past one year, he has been preparing for this. He has made Glasgow2014 memorable for us.”