Uganda Paralympics Committee sent a team of six athletes to compete in the World Paralympic Athletics Championship scheduled on 18th to 20th March in Tunisia.
National Council of Sports (NCS) General Secretary Dr. Bernard Ogwel officially flagged off the athletes and officials on Saturday 13th ahead of the championship that will also act as Tokyo Paralympics qualifiers.
Richard Ocira who will compete in the T54 100m, 800m and 1500m (wheelchair race) was among the six athletes that will take part in the games.
NCS boosted his campaign with a new wheelchair bicycle to help him compete well in the Tunisia championship.
Ocira, Fred Masisa (T2 100m, 400m), Peace Oroma (T13 100m,400m), Wifred Ocen (T37 100m,200m) Alex Wilson Lagu (T47 100m, long jump) and Ali Bashir Bwaga (T46 100M, 400m, long jump) were the athletes flagged off to represent Uganda.
This is the one of the times for Uganda to send many athletes to participate in the Paralympic qualifiers.
It should be remembered that last year Uganda took her first biggest number (3) athletes to take part in the All Africa Paralympics Games in Rabat, Morocco.
These three athletes included Peace Oroma, David Emong and Monica Iraro who managed to qualify for Paralympics.
The team to Tunis shall be under the watch of Mpindi Bumali, (president of the Uganda Paralympic Committee), Coach Jameson Ssenkungu, Patrick Awai (government representative) and Joshua Jagalo (the guide) as the officials.
Government through NCS footed UGX. 192M financial support as Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) provided technical assistance and outfit for the athletes and coach.