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Friday, June 2, 2023

Nanyondo Still Focused Despite UK Visa Denial

Uganda middle distance runner Winnie Nanyondo was to test her endurance during day two (Saturday) of the diamond league in UK but she was surprised to be served with visa denial message hence she couldn’t travel to UK, for what she had regarded as trial a head of Olympics.

“It was going to be a moment of good test before Olympics but all failed and now I have to stand up and endure the suffering. I have to still be working hard ahead if Olympics and my goal remains a medal from Olympics next month,” said Winnie Nanyondo who is training with other two (Ronald Musagala and Halima Nakayi) athletes on Olympics bound team at Mandela national stadium.

Nanyondo said that it was disappointing but moving on will gain her a lot than weeping yet only days are remaining for Olympics in Brazil.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Winnie Nanyondo finished 3rd behind Eunice Sum (Kenya)and Lynsey Sharp (Scotland) to win the Bronze medal in the women’s 800m final in Glasgow. And now she is looking on to improve (medal status) and win either gold as first priority or silver medal.

She is looking ahead to make history as no Ugandan lady has ever won a medal in Olympics.

“It will be historical and I am worried of nothing to break the jinx of ladies not winning medals for Uganda in Olympics,” she added.

She was denied visa due to the fact that the UK visa office wasn’t aware of the athlete’s financial status yet it’s one of the crucial information they wanted to be provided with before giving out visa.

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