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Lihanda back in camp after COVID but could miss opener

Patrick Lihanda has returned to camp after recovering from COVID-19 following his positive test 18 days ago prior to joining the Uganda National Boxing team for international duty.

Having taken another round of Covid-19 test to ascertain the state of his health and it returned positive, authorities opted not to take him back to quarantine but rather cleared to join the rest his teammates in camp at Izumisano City.

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Authorities determined Lihanda had cleared the release criteria of staying negative for at least 10 subsequent days.

This came at the back of another round of tests for the first batch of Ugandan team that arrived on June 19 in Japan for a training camp ahead of the Olympics that are slated to begin on July 23.

The Ugandan team comprises five athletes, weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko, swimmer Atuhaire Amabale and three boxers Shadir Musa Bwogi, David Semujju and Catherine Nanziri.

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The officials included Boxing coaches Patrick Lihanda and Hassan Mulandi, Swimming coach Hakim Musoke and leader David Katende, the assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Sports.

The authorities laminated that it’s a common occurrence for a person who is quarantined to end up testing positive again.

Izumisano City authorities argued that by law, patients who test positive for a prolonged time after quarantine are free from other quarantine measures stipulated by infections diseases control laws.

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