The outbreak of the Coronavirus disease led to the suspension of all sports disciplines as per the presidential directives on combating the pandemic.
Before the country went into a lockdown, different sports prefessionals and athletes had successfully qualified for the Olympic Games which were due to take place in August this year in Tokyo, Japan before being rescheduled for 2021.
The Uganda Olympic Committee has therefore decided to extend financial support to the athletes that had already booked a berth in the summer games.
The qualified athletes received Shs 1.5m each as a relief fund program aimed at bailing them out in this trying period.
The development was confirmed by the Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick during the quarterly UOC/CGAU zoom meeting held on Saturday.
“All players who qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games have received Shs. 1.5M each as aid during this lockdown. This is aimed at keeping them mentally and physically fit and enable their personal trainings in preparation for the forthcoming Olympic Games,” he said.
Blick added that the same arrangement will be extended to athletes that were in preparations for the second phase of the qualification round that was due to take place in France.
“The same program will also be extended to other athletes that were preparing for the final qualification round and will receive the funds immediately after getting the money from the Association of National Olympic Committees,” he continued.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, only three sports disciplines Boxing (One), Athletics (Eight), and Rowing (One) had qualified athletes while the rest were targeting the final qualification events in Paris.