And just four days ago, we were joined by athletes from Uganda: Tendo Mukalazi and Kirabo Namutebi, who made a long journey to Kazan.
So far, they are just getting used to the climate and atmosphere of the "Universiade Village", and only today they managed to get acquainted with their team, as well as the coaching staff. They attended the morning training session for the first time, but so far only in an introductory mode.
Tendo is an 18-year-old swimmer who specializes more in short distances (freestyle, backstroke). He told us about his expectations for joining the team of the FINA Development Center:
"Of course, most of all I expect to get close to my qualifying results. Well, in addition to swimming, I would very much like to get to know Russian culture better, and maybe even learn Russian. Before coming here, I knew Eloi Maniraguha from Rwanda, who kindly shared his opinion about the FINA Center in Kazan.
It is a pity that I could not come earlier, because I really wanted to meet with the stars of world swimming from Russia, especially with Kliment Kolesnikov. And so, I am sure that there will still be an opportunity to fully plunge into Russian life…».
Second representative of Uganda is Kirabo. A very young athlete – she is only 16 years old, but despite this fact, she is very motivated to succeed.
She shared about her first days in Russia:
"Today I've visited training session first time and I'm so happy about it, can't wait to start working with the new coaches.
As it is, I know that here in Kazan in August will be the World Junior Swimming Championships, where I will definitely take part, and I hope to approach this start in the best conditions. Among Russian athletes, I really like Yulia Efimova and Andrey Minakov, their hard work and talent motivate me so much"
All four new scholarship holders are already charged to hard training, all conditions for this are created, and we expect to see the improvements of our talented athletes.