On Friday, July 9, 2021, the President for the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency General Yoweri Museveni Kaguta Tibuhaburwa has officially flagged off the team Uganda set to represent the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paraolympic Games.
The president was accompanied by the first lady who is also the Minister of Sports and Education, Janet Kataha Museveni.
The official flag-off ceremony took place at the Kololo Ceremonial Independence grounds in Kampala in a two and half hour event.
The event was attended by 17 of the athletes, Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC), National Council of Sports (NCS) officials, the ambassador of Japan in Uganda, H.E Fukuzawa Hidemoto and the media.
In his address, the president specially congratulated all the qualified athletes that will represent Uganda at the Olympics.
I congratulate all the athletes who qualified for the Olympics. This is a great achievement because no one who wants can just go and participate. Even if it were me that I want to represent Uganda because I am president, it would not be possible.
H.E General (Rtd) Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, President for the Republic of Uganda
He emphasized the 8 pillars of sports as Talent Identification, Fitness, Perseverance, Discipline, Friendships, country promotion, noble Spirit and entertainment as he took time to counsel the athletes on self-discipline.