UOC boss disheartened by athletics sex scandal

KAMPALA- Recent allegations that a male coach sexually harassed female athletes during preparations for the Africa Cross-country Championships held last month have left many people, especially young girls trying to make it as sport personalities, disillusioned.

The events have not gone down well with Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) president William Blick, under whose docket many of Uganda Athletics Federation’s (UAF) activities fall.

The administrator said he was saddened by reports that some of the girls could have been sexually abused by their own coach.

“It is disheartening that national team athletes could have been subjected to such treatment. If found guilty the culprit should face harsh punishment,” he cautioned.

Blick, who was addressing sports scribes at the Nile Special USPA monthly meeting on Monday, also revealed that he was expecting a report from UAF about the scandal.“I personally spoke to UAF about the matter and I expect a report a month from now and that is only when UOC can take action,” he explained.

At a press briefing a fortnight ago, UAF president Domenic Otucet promised to name a committee “in a week’s time” to investigate the allegations. When contacted yesterday however, UAF could neither reveal whether the committee had started work nor avail the names of the committee set up to investigate the said allegations.

“We shall call a press conference later to reveal the names,” Otucet said tersely before hanging up when asked about the members on the committee.

Ministry of Education and Sports yesterday sent one of its commissioners Sammy Odongo to Kapchorwa to investigate the matter and is expected to camp in the district for four days starting today.

olice meanwhile also promised to send a team of Kampala-based investigators to Kapchorwa about the same issue this week. But with the coach employed by UAF and Police the aggrieved runners are skeptical about the outcome of the two bodies’ investigations.

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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