KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda will field 41 athletes to compete in seven disciplines at
the 3rd African Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria.
The Games, that will
include 20 sporting disciplines are deemed as a trial run for
the 2020 Olympic Games and will take place on July 17-27.
Arthur Nuwagaba, the
assistant coordinator at the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC),
said on Thursday that the athletes are all undergoing training
ahead of the Games.
“This time we shall
also field teams in handball and hockey for the boys,” said
Brian Kasirye, who
reached the second round in the men’s singles at the 2018 Gold
Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, will be Uganda’s only
representative in badminton, while weightlifting will also have
The others will be
in track and field events, swimming, rowing, handball and
“I know the
competition will be very stiff especially from runners from
Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea, but I am determined to perform
well,” said Joshua Kibet, one of Uganda’s top young athlete.
The African Youth
Games for athletes between 14-18 years is an international
multi-sport event held every four years to complement the
The first edition
was held in Rabat, Morocco in July 2010, while the second one
took place in the Botswana capital of Gaborone in May 2014.