Sport
Table tennis team cleared to return
Publish Date: Apr 25, 2014
Table tennis team cleared to return
Uganda Table Tennis Association chairman Dennis Galabuzi said measures will be put in place to ensure there is never a repeat of such a scandal.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama 

THERE was a sigh of relief in Uganda’s table tennis fraternity after a team that risked being arrested in Nairobi for failure to pay hotel bills was cleared.

The team of two officials and four players was cleared after world table tennis body ITTF and the Kenya Table Tennis Association agreed to clear the $1800 (sh4.5m) Nairobi Parklands Hotel bill.

“The debt has been cleared and the team has checked out. We had to step in and give a guarantee,” explained KTTA chairman Andrew Mudibo.

Coach Jude Mutete, who said the team’s passports had been confiscated by the hotel the previous day, was a relieved man on Friday.

“All is now okay and we are now on our way to Uganda,” said Mutete.

The team travelled to Kenya for the Africa U-12 Hopes Week and Challenge, a program that comprised of training and competition.

It has ended on Thursday with 11 year olds Rodney Semata and Irene Nekesa winning slots to the global version on the Africa meet in Slovenia in June.

The Ugandans excelled over Kenyan and Nigerian opposition. Kelly Ayikoru and Daphne Akol are the other players on the team that was led by Ronnie Serulya.

Uganda Table Tennis Association chairman Dennis Galabuzi confirmed that the team is safe.

“Like I told you earlier, the matter would be sorted. There was a miscommunication between the event directors and Uganda. As I speak, the team is about to arrive in Uganda,” Galabuzi said on Friday.

Galabuzi said measures will be put in place to ensure there is never a repeat of such a scandal.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Chekwel goes for steeplechase
After setting the national record in the women 10000m, Juliet Chekwel will be spending most of her time in Europe trying to learn the basics of steeplechase, as she focuses on winning an Olympic gold medal that eluded Dorcus Inzikuru...
We can build on this - UAF, team back Monday
Uganda Athletics Federation president Domenic Otuchet believes that the results from the 2015 Beijing IAAF World Athletics Championships are an eye opener to what they need to correct, before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games....
Never write me off, warns king Bolt
Usain Bolt has warned that people write him off at their peril after the imperious Jamaican sealed another world treble gold despite an injury-hit season....
Saints suffer second defeat at the top
Defeat at home by KCCA subjects newly promoted side The Saints FC to a second successive defeat....
What Next after Afrobasket Championship?
When the pride and satisfaction of Uganda's debut appearance at the Afrobasket Championship subsides, it will be time to look forward....
Byekwaso for Mr. Natural Universe
Uganda’s best Ivan Byekwaso is confident and ready to prove to the world that there is talent in Uganda as he prepares for his first appearance at Mr. Natural Universe Bodybuilding Competition starting September 5 in Texas, US....
Do you support KCCA'S move to ban campaign posters from the city?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter