Injured Lunkuse out of Qatar meet

Top Ugandan female swimmer Jamila Lunkuse, will not take part in the December 3-7 World Short-course Swimming Championships in Doha Qatar after she suffered an ankle injury.

Lunkuse, who sprained an ankle in training, was supposed to join teammates Elisha Ekirikubinza and Arnold Kisulo in Qatar from her training base in England.

“It is a huge blow for us because we lose the opportunity of having a female swimmer compete at the championships but we hope the rest of the team can cope with it and perform to their best,” Uganda Swimming Federation general secretary Moses Mwase told Daily Monitor yesterday.

“We can’t tell how long she will be out but she certainly won’t be in Qatar. Luckily for her, this competition isn’t part of the qualification events for Kazan 2015 (July 24- August 9 World Swimming Championships in Russia),” Mwase added.

Meanwhile, USF president Donald Rukare was appointed as a member of the Fina Bureau, a technical decision-making and planning body for Fina, to replace Mr Lino Loureno of Angola, who passed on in May.

“For Uganda and Africa, Dr. Rukare’s appointment is a vote of confidence and confirms that the future of the sport is promising,” Mwase said in a press-statement to confirm the appointment.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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