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UGANDA will field a bridge team for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in October. A seven person team including Jyotsna Ruparelia, wife of city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, is undergoing intense training at Kabira Country Club at Bukoto in Kampala.
Kampala Bridge Club chairperson Bharati Popat announced the team at the weekly Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) press conference. Other members of the team are Sresh Popat, Bharat Popat, Ramesh Datta, Azim Tharani, Shamim Tharani and team official Murtuzaali Dala.
â€œWe are well prepared. We want to make Uganda proud,â€ said Kampala Bridge Club secretary Murtuzaali Dalal adding that much as they all have their roots in Asia, they will be flying Ugandaâ€™s flag.
Bridge is a card game for two pairs of players who have to predict how many cards they will win. They score points if they succeed in winning that number of cards and lose points if they fail.
Uganda, represented by 72 competitors and 16 officials, will also feature in archery, swimming, badminton, athletics, squash, lawn tennis, table tennis and weight lifting.
MEANWHILE the Uganda Olympics Committee has meanwhile started a sh1.12bn fundraising campaign to send a team to the games. According to a UOC budget over half is yet to be raised for the October games.
UOC spokesperson Andrew Omala explained that the committeeâ€™s marketing wing is approaching the corporate world and other well wishers for assistance. The Indian association in Uganda has promised support â€œWe shall know by next week exactly how much has so far been raised,â€ said Omala.
Uganda to field bridge team at games