Athletics

16 Years Later, Former Gold Medalist Inzikuru Still Waiting For Car Government Promised Her

In 2005, when field athlete Dorcus Inzikuru made Uganda proud by winning the inaugural world title in women’s 3000 metres steeplechase at 10th World Championships in Athletics that were held in Helsinki, Finland, some of the things government pledged to give her as a token of appreciation were a house and a car.

According to what she said in a very recent interview, Dorcus revealed that although she got the house but after a struggle, she has never received the car.

Inzikuru further said that the process of following up on the car proved to be very difficult for her to an extent that she literary gave up. However, after many years of more failed attempts, in 2020 she met Honourable Hamson Obua, the State Minister for Sports who through the Uganda Athletics Federation, wrote a reminder letter to president Yoweri Museveni

She is hopeful that now that letter reached the president’s desk, the only thing left  is meeting the personal assistant to the president and asking how far the process has reached.

“This car I still need it because those were our pledges  for outstanding performance. Even this Joshua Cheptegei and Chemtai, when they arrive, the packages are already there given by His Excellency “ Inzikuru said in an exclusive interview with New Vision

Dorcus Inzikuru after winning the inaugural world title in women’s 3000 metres steeplechase at 10th World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland 2005 (Internet Photo)

According Wikipedia,  Inzikuru who is now 39 won a bronze medal in the 5000 metres at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, finishing behind Meseret Defar, and Tirunesh Dibaba. She also won at cross country, beating all-comers at the Eurocross meeting that year.

In 2005, at the World Championships, in Helsinki, Finland, Inzikuru ended Uganda’s 33-year wait for an athletics world title, winning the inaugural women’s 3000 m steeplechase event, in a time of 9:18.24 (at the time, the sixth best performance ever).

Inzikuru only became aware of the $60,000 prize after winning the final and vowed to use her money to build a house and to help young athletes.

She had competed in the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships that year, but she finished in 18th place. In 2006, she won the Oeiras International Cross Country meeting, but she pulled out of that season’s World Cross Country Championships.

She grew up in Vurra, in Arua City and her parents were both talented athletes only that they did not compete internationally.

Inzikurru was married to an accountant, Martin Bosco Acidri, a former sprinter, and together they had a daughter, Emmanuela Munguci before they separated in February 2012. Acidri later died in October 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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