Uganda’s Secret Training Camp: Inside the Quest for Olympic Gold

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– Uganda team starts training for Paris Olympics.

– Training from June 14th to July 24th.

– Over 20 athletes in camp.

– Held at Trinity Biblical Institute, Kapchorwa.

The Uganda National Athletics team has embarked on an extensive training camp to gear up for the Paris Olympics, which are scheduled to take place from July 26th to August 11th in France. This training is a crucial part of their preparation, aiming to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition to compete on the world stage.

Camp in Kapchorwa

The team, consisting of over 20 athletes, has set up their training base at the Trinity Biblical Institute in Kapchorwa. This location was chosen for its conducive environment and facilities that support intensive athletic training. 

The athletes are under the expert guidance of Benjamin Njia, who is not only the national coach but also serves as the vice president of technical at the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF).

Njia revealed that the team will undergo a rigorous six-week training regimen. The preparations kicked off on June 14th and are set to conclude on July 24th, just in time for the first batch of athletes to travel to the Championships. This schedule is meticulously planned to maximize the athletes’ performance and readiness.

Njia expressed confidence in the training program, stating, “We believe that by the end of this residential training, our athletes will be well-prepared to face off against competitors from various countries during the games.” He emphasized the importance of early and thorough preparation, especially for an event as prestigious and competitive as the Olympics. This motivated the UAF to arrange a residential camp, which allows for better monitoring and more focused training sessions.

He also  pointed out that all athletes in the camp have met the qualification standards set during the 2024 track season window, which closes on July 30th at midnight. He explained, “Any athlete who does not qualify before this date will not be recognized as part of the Olympic Games.” This stringent qualification process ensures that only the best athletes represent Uganda at the Olympics.

Peruth Chemutai in Camp

One of the standout athletes in the camp is Peruth Chemutai, a 3000 meters steeplechase runner who is also the defending champion in her category. Chemutai shared her positive experiences from the training camp, stating, “The training is going well and is significantly improving my fitness level. We believe that as a team, by the end of our preparations, we will be able to defend our country’s honor.” Her dedication and optimism are reflective of the entire team’s spirit.

Qualified Athletes

On Thursday, 18th April, the Uganda Olympic Committee revealed the tentative list of qualified Ugandan athletes for the forthcoming Paris Olympic Games.

Moses Mwase the Chef de mission for team Uganda at the games confirmed that so far 21 athletes from Athletics, Swimming, Rowing and Cycling have already qualified for the global event in France.

He also confirmed that Rugby, badminton, boxing, and athletics still have opportunities to qualify athletes before the window closes on 30th June.

At the Tokyo Games, Uganda was represented by a team of 25 individuals.

his is the 17th time that Uganda is participating in the Olympic Games. Uganda first participated at the Olympic Games in 1956.

The Paris Games are scheduled to start on 26th July to 11th August, 2024.

Meanwhile, the list of qualified athletes so far comprises Gold and Silver Olympic medallist Joshua Cheptegei, Olympic bronze medalist Jacob Kiplimo and Olympic Champion Peruth Chemutai who will carry Uganda’s hopes of medals in Paris.

Qualified Ugandan athletes to 2024 Paris Olympics So far


Jacob Kiplimo, Joshua Cheptegei, Oscar Chelimo, Halima Nakaayi, Winnie Nanyondo, Peruth Chemutai, Sarah Chelangat, Joy Cheptoyek, Annet Chemengich Chelangat, Stella Chesang, Rebecca Cheptegei, Mercyline Chelangat, Doreen Chesang, Tarsis Orogot, Tom Dradriga, Leonard Chemutai, Victor Kiplangat, Stephen Kissa, Andrew Kwemoi, Solomon Mutai, Geoffrey Kusuro, Martin Magengo Kiprotich

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