New Vision (Kampala)

14 November 2012

Uganda: Ssekyaya in USA to Prepare for Rio 2016

UGANDAN weightlifting Olympian Charles Ssekyaya has landed an invitation to boost his dreams of not only making an appearance but also winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

With the paperwork for his Olympic Solidarity yet to be approved, Ssekyaya has got an invitation from his American friend, Zachary Krych, to stay in Robbinnsdale, Minnesota, where he will continue his training with the first target of winning a medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games medal in 2014.

"They have been looking after me and when they contacted me for an opportunity to travel back. I spoke to my president (Salim Musoke) and he was more supportive to me," said Ssekyaya when contacted for comment.

Krych's family has on top of offering him an air ticket, promised to cater for all his expenses while in America as he competes alongside other top weightlifters.

Ssekyaya will be training at the Crossfit Minneapolis gym, which was training him ahead of the Olympic Games.

"They picked interest in him because of his discipline and hard work. We are hopeful that with that training, he will be able to reach the standards and we also expect him to do some studies," said Musoke.

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