Commonwealth Games – Curse or Bad Luck?

In the past two decades, excellence at the Commonwealth Games has come as a curse in disguise.

Back in 1994, Charles Kizza powered his way to gold in boxing heavyweight division. Two years later, he was arrested at the 1996 Olympic Games for carrying counterfeit notes and that all but ended his career. Eight years later in 2002, Bombers skipper Mohammed Kayongo won silver in the lightweight division. He was widely seen as a future world beater and joined the paid ranks shortly afterwards but his career nosedived. He failed to win any title before falling off the radar.

It was Dorcus Inzikuru’s turn in 2006 to strike gold in the 3,000m steeplechase. But what was supposed to be the start of a dominant career instead turned out to be her decline. And while she remains active, the Arua gazelle has never come close to matching the feats of eight years ago. The same can be said of fellow athlete Boniface Kiprop, who also won gold in the 10,000m but was never the same man afterwards.

The 2006 Games also saw boxer Martin Mubiru win bronze but since turning pro a year later, he has never made any inroads. Moses Kipsiro is the last Ugandan to win a medal at the Games and did so in great fashion, clinching gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m in New Delhi in 2010.

A spate of injuries, business wrangles, alleged witchcraft and most recently sinister plots from individuals from local athletics body UAF have gradually slowed down his progress and this year’s Games could be last hurray for the athlete.

Source : The Observer