Ali Ngaimoko has added his voice to those calling for an investigation into reports of sexual harassment in Uganda’s athletics.The sprinter represents runners on the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) executive. “We must not take this matter lightly,” Ngaimoko told Daily Monitor.
“For a coach to harass athletes he’s supposed to look after is very unfortunate. We should institute an inquiry and if found guilty, he must be punished heavily.”
Several female runners complained they were sexually and some physically harassed by a national coach during residential training for the just-concluded Africa Cross-country Championships.
Camp meetingWhile UAF officials denied knowledge of the complaints, Ngaimoko said he was informed by the runners and called to the camp in Bukwo. “I was called for a meeting in the camp but I was too busy at the time. I couldn’t travel. I however told the athletes that I would follow up the matter,” said Ngaimoko, currently Uganda’s best sprinter.
“I am determined to help these girls get justice if their claims are true. We shouldn’t let such behavior continue because it is killing our sport.” “However, I am not happy with people who are trying to politicize this matter. People who don’t like UAF are now using the matter to fight the federation. That’s not right because this is one person we are talking about and not the whole federation.”
Kapchorwa District last week banned the accused coach from their athletics activities but UAF and Uganda Police are yet to take any action.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor