UGANDA WIN GOLD IN BAHAMASAugust 3, 2017
Since the inaugural of the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000, the event has grown immensely from a mere 14 countries participating to a whopping 71 nations and territories. More than 1,300 young athletes, coaches and supporters were on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas from the 18th – 23rd of July, 2017 for the sixth edition of the games.
Uganda as a country led by the Chef de mission Mr. Godfrey Nuwagaba and the Team Doctor Dr. Nana Nakiddu who also happens to be the Chairperson of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) medical commission, had a total contingent of 4 athletes.
They included the Golden girl Lalam Josephine from athletics who won a gold medal in the Girls Javelin throw after throwing 51.89 meters just a day after being disqualified in the Girls Discuss throw the day before, Chelangat Sarah from Athletics who fell short of a medal after being 4th in the Girls 3000m final with 9:31.65 and 10th in the 1500m final with 4:26.88, Atuhaire Ogola from swimming who competed in 4 races that included the Boys 200m Freestyle with 2:07.97, 200m Breaststroke with 2:50.88, 400m Individual medley with 5:04.37 and the 200m Individual medley with 2:22.70 respectively and Masembe Isaac from the Uganda Boxing Federation who failed the visa interview thereby not travelling with the team.