Uganda at the Paralympics

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Uganda at the Paralympic Games

Flag of Uganda
IPC code  UGA
NPC Uganda National Paralympic Committee
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1998
  • 2002
  • 2006
  • 2010

Uganda has competed at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

The country made its Paralympic début at the 1972 Summer Games in Heidelberg, Germany, where it sent two male athletes to compete in javelin and shotput. It competed again in 1976, with a single athlete in the men's javelin, then ceased to compete in the Summer Games until 1996, when it fielded a single male competitor in powerlifting. Since then, Uganda has taken part in every edition of the Summer Paralympic Games, although it had only one representative in 2000 (women's swimming), two in 2004 (women's athletics and men's powerlifting), and one in 2008 (men's powerlifting).[1]

Uganda was the only African country to take part in the inaugural edtition of the Winter Paralympics in 1976. It sent only one representative, Tofiri Kibuuka in cross-country skiing, who thus became the first African to compete at the Winter Paralympic Games. Uganda was again the only African nation at the 1980 Winter Paralympics, once more with Tofiri Kibuuka as its sole representative. Kibuuka subsequently obtained Norwegian nationality, and ceased to represent Uganda. Uganda has not taken part in any edition of the Winter Paralympics since 1980.[2] It remains, however, the only tropical nation ever to have competed at the Winter Paralympics, and one of only two African countries to have done so, the other being South Africa, since 1998.[3]

No Ugandan has ever won a medal at the Paralympic Games.[4]

Uganda took part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and the Uganda National Paralympic Committee selected Bedford as the UK training base for its Paralympians. So far by 23/05/2012 only two athletes that is, Akullo Christine class T13 (100m)and Emong David class T46 (1500m and 5000m) have qualified for these games under the guidance of coach ssenkungu jameson and Uganda Paralympic Committee General Secretary.[5]

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