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Foreign managers to handle Uganda athletes in Japan

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th August 2007 03:00 AM

UGANDA’S team to the World Athletics Championship that starts in Osaka on Saturday will be handled by their respective foreign managers.

UGANDA’S team to the World Athletics Championship that starts in Osaka on Saturday will be handled by their respective foreign managers.

By Norman Katende

UGANDA’S team to the World Athletics Championship that starts in Osaka on Saturday will be handled by their respective foreign managers.

Ricky Seems of London-based Pace Sports Management will handle athletes Boniface Kiprop, Moses Kiprop and Abraham Chepkirwok.

Italian-based Giani Demadonna will take care of Alex Malinga, Amos Masai and Wilson Busienei
“These managers have been handling the same athletes at permit meets. And one advantage is that they will foot their travel and upkeep costs in Osaka,” revealed, local federation secretary Beatrice Ayikoru.

“So we are to use the funds saved on a local coach to beef up the athletes’ allowances as a way of motivating them,” explained the secretary.

Benjamin Kiplagat and Stephen Kiprotich will be handled by Jose Migeullo, a manager in global sports communication, the firm which handles Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

Justine Bayiga who has no foreign manager will be assisted by local federation president Dan Tamwesigire, himself a former sprinter and hurdler.

Meanwhile, Ayikoru will contest for a position on the IAAF Cross-Country committee, when the international athletics body goes to the polls on Thursday.

Ayikoru, a former cross country and distance runner, and who holds the national women 10,000m record of 34:03:41 set in Sheffield in 1991, will come up against three opponents.

She will contest against Australian Anne Lord, American Anne Timmons and Canadian Thelma Wright for the two female representatives’ slots on the committee.

Uganda has had a tremendous improvement in the cross-country events, winning team medals in both the senior and junior men’s category.

Foreign managers to handle Uganda athletes in Japan

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