15 May 1978 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
Joe Atuhaire (born May 15, 1978 in Kampala) is a retired Ugandan swimmer, who specialized in breaststroke events. Atuhaire competed for Uganda in the men's 100 m breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He received a Universality place from FINA, in an entry time of 1:10.00. He participated in heat one against two other swimmers Antonio Leon of Paraguay and Kieran Chan of Papua New Guinea. He rounded out a small field of three to last place in a time of 1:22.35, the slowest to be recorded in the heats. Atuhaire failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed sixty-fifth overall on the first day of prelims.
On September 26, 2000, Atuhaire left the Olympic Athletes' Village in Sydney after police issued a warrant for his arrest, charging against sexual intercourse without consent with a 17-year-old female near the main site. He was later detained in Adelaide, and granted a bail of $20,000 (Australian). Nearly a month later, he was pleaded not guilty by the prosecutors, and freed from any charges before his safe return to Uganda.
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- "Atuhaire released for unknown reason". ESPN. 19 October 2000. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
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