Category: Olympics

John Akii-Bua, Judith Ayaa, and Vitus Ashaba: 1972 Olympic Convention and Place of Assembly

The pre-Olympic meeting in 1972, an upcoming Olympic sport, was held in Munich in West Germany in mid-August. Elite athletes from many countries, arrived in Munich about ten days before the 1972 Olympics, to participate. The combination of the stadium and the two-day field is also known as the “Hanns-Braun Memorial International Pre-Olympics.” The Ugandan runners who were going to...

Vitus Ashaba: Uganda Country Records in the Olympics, with Racing and Kipchoge Keino and Jim Ryun

In late August 1972, Uganda’s 29-year-old middleweight champion Vitus Ashaba boarded a plane to Munich for Ugandan athletes and boxers to represent the country at the Olympics in Germany. Registered to compete in both the 1500 meters and the 3000 meter relays are Kenyan legend Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino, as well as former world champion Philbert Bayi Sanka. One of the...