The Uganda men’s sevens team was hit before the Olympic Repechage in Monaco by an outbreak in the team of the Covid-19 virus. Two players, a coach and the team physio tested positive for the virus before boarding the flight to Monaco, this meant these players and staff members were forced to be left behind.
Upon arrival in Monaco, France, a couple of players once again tested positive for the Covid-19 virus which forced Uganda to officially withdraw from the Olympic Repechage. A big disappointment for the players and nation as they hoped that an Olympic qualification might bring home to their pandemic hit country.
“following a number of positive COVID-19 results determined during scheduled arrival testing” was the official word from the Monaco organizers. The teams was put in quarantine as they recovered and strict Covid-19 protocols were in place to ensure the safety of the team and the people around them.
The Ugandan Rugby Union has now made an announcement and confirmed that one of the team players, James Odong, has gone missing. Odong reportedly arrived on June 16.
His absence was only noticed at the end of their isolation period as he was scheduled to be tested for the Covid-19 virus again.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Uganda Rugby Union Executive Committee that one of the players, James Odong, has been missing from the hotel room where they had been placed for isolation as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19,” a Uganda Rugby Union statement read.
“James travelled on June 16 and on arrival they had to undergo a compulsory isolation in the designated tournament hotel.
“On completion of self-isolation on June 19, they were to undergo another COVID-19 test at a venue outside the hotel.
“James Odong did not turn up for the test and when the team members returned to the hotel, he was not in his room or hotel complex.
“The incident was brought to the attention of the team manager who immediately informed the tournament organizers.
“James is in possession of all his valid travel documents with a valid visa, which expires on June 26.
“Uganda Rugby Union takes discipline very seriously and this matter is being dealt with accordingly.
“We have handed over the matter to the relevant security agencies in Monaco and will cooperate with them, the tournament organizer, the French Embassy, National Council of Sports and any other authority to assist with the conclusion of this matter.”