The Uganda Olympic Committee held a health training session for athletes who are going for the RIO 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, at Metroplex Mall Naalya on Friday.
In regards to the athletes’ good health with in and out of the country, the Aga Khan hospital has pledged to give free medical treatment and examination to all national and international athletes.
“In a bid to improve the medal count for the Uganda Olympic team and international sports performance such partnership are paramount in our sports industry,” said Martha Ociro, the Centre Manager Aga Khan hospital Kampala.
In the meeting, anti-doping rules (use of prohibited drugs to enhance sports performance) were emphasized.
Basic prevention information was given to athletes on challenges facing public health system in Brazil especially Zika Virus and other infectious diseases.
The chairperson medical commission of the Uganda Olympic committee Dr. Robert Zavuga, said athletes are bound for anti-doping tests during the Olympic games.
According to him, athletes lack medical knowledge.
He said that drugs taken to cure certain diseases like cough and flu contain prohibited substances which prevent athletes from playing and end up being banned from sports in case of any drug depicted.
Among the athletes that attended the meeting was Winnie Nanyondo, the middle distance runner.
The meeting was graced by the presence of the UOC president Mr. William Blick who emphasized the need for medical examination to enhance sports performance.