Ugandan Shooters Denied American Visas for International Shooting Sport World Cup

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Uganda's chances of participating in the 2007 International Shooting Sport Cup hang in balance after the U.S. Embassy in Kampala declined to award six of the seven national team shooters visas to travel for the tournament in the USA. The Uganda Shooting Sport Federation recently named a national team of seven players to represent the country at the 2007 International Shooting Sport World Cup that will take place from March 31st to April 8th in Fort Benning, Georgia in the USA. The team comprises two women, both from the famous Mungoma shooting family. Anne and Cleopatra Mungoma will join their brother Andrew Mungoma and their father, Uganda Shooting Sport Federation President, Michael Mungoma. Others on the team are Godfrey Butoto, Nelson Nagwere, Michael Mukasa and Vincent Sabera. Michael Mungoma, who is also the team capitan and coach, says the U.S Embassy only granted visas to himself and his daughter Cleopatra. He is however optimistic that the rest of the team will obtain visas in time to travel for the international tournament. Cleopatra Mungoma is arguably Uganda's most famous shooter. Although her participation on the international scene has not won her much success, she has represented several times at the Commonwealth Games, the All Africa Games and the Olympics. It was hoped that Uganda's participation in the shooting world cup would provide the team with minimum qualifications to participate in the 2007 All Africa Games and the Beijing Olympics in 2008.