Uganda could be barred from participating in the Olympic Games starting July 27, William Blick has warned.
The ban may be as a result of Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC)’s failure to resolve administrative wrangles that have blighted the country’s strongest sports body for the past three months.
‘‘We may not take part in the London Olympics,’’ Blick, the UOC first vice-president, said yesterday after learning that suspended president Roger Ddungu had applied for a court injunction to stop an extra ordinary assembly slated for Saturday.
It is at the assembly that Blick had hoped to solve most of the bickering amongst UOC executive members and map a plan for Uganda’s Olympic team. “If the assembly doesn’t take place, we are likely to be banned,’’ he said.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wrote to UOC two weeks ago ordering them to organise an assembly and resolve all their misunderstandings.
“These issues must be dealt with and resolved by and within the UOC through its competent bodies, in particular the executive committee and general assembly,” IOC head of institutional relations and governance Jerome Poivey wrote.
But Ddungu, who accuses Blick and company of suspending him illegally, has disregarded the IOC advice and applied for a temporary injunction in the High Court to stop the assembly.
Yet, IOC warned UOC against taking sports matters to courts of law with the Olympic Games less than two months away.
Recently, Uganda was banned from all international netball activities following administrative wrangles in the sport’s local governing body.