Police block Nyaika as Commonwealth Games team departs

KAMPALA

Ronald Nyaika won’t be part of Uganda’s table tennis team at the Commonwealth Games starting July 23 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nyaika, a trainee at Kabali Police Training School in Masindi has been denied permission to go and represent Uganda by the Force’s administration. “We took a decision that he shouldn’t travel because we are preparing him for bigger assignments,” said Police Human Resource and Development Commissioner Felix Ndyomugenyi.

“Him (Nyaika) being away for an entire month is very dangerous to the Force especially for the cadets who are on a grass program.” “We gave him two options either he goes and leaves this training so that he joins with the next recruitment lot or he forfeits that competition,” Ndyomugenyi added.

The 25-year-old will now be replaced by veteran Paul Mutambuze who has been on standby. “It’s a big blow that Nyaika won’t be traveling with us but Mutambuze is a senior and comes in with a lot of experience. We are not all that disappointed,” said the team captain Kevin Mafabi. The development means Mutambuze will partner with Amina Namaganda in the mixed doubles. Amina Lukaya and Gilton Chilebe are the other players on the team.

Meanwhile, the first contingent of Team Uganda departs to Glasgow this evening. The 60-man squad was expected to be flagged off by President Museveni at State House, Entebbe yesterday.

In the course of the week, Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) and the sports ministry appealed to Museveni to bail the team out with allowances.

Uganda’s chef de mission to the Games, Ambrose Tashobya, said before departing to Glasgow on Tuesday that team officials and athletes would each get per diem of $72 (about Shs190,000) for 14 days.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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