New Vision (Kampala)

1 July 2012

Africa Recognises Akii Bua's Contribution

Uganda's only Olympic Gold medalist John Akii Bua has been recognised by the Confederation of African Athletics as one of the greatest achievers of athletics in the continent.

Akii Bua's award was picked by the Uganda Athletics federation president Dominic Otuchet at a private function held at Porto Novo last evening.

The 400m hurdler who won an Olympic Medal became the first man in the world to run below 49 seconds as he set a World record of 47.82s at the Munich finals in 1972.

Akii Bua was recognised by the CAA president Hamad Kalkaba Malboum for his contribution to Africa sports.

"These athletes were Icon for the continent. What they have done will still live on even after they have passed on and as Africa, we are proud of this," said Malboum while handing over the award.

Otuchet said that the award is good for Uganda as it challenges the upcoming athletes to also aim higher for their efforts.

"It is a great challenge to the upcoming athletes. I think they should know that honour comes with sacrifice as all those who were honoured sacrificed before they could achieve what they got," said Otuchet.

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