Dorcus Ajok will be hoping to retain her 1,500m title at Taipei 2017 ©Getty Images

Uganda will compete at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade here, despite doubts emerging over their participation.

A letter posted online by Norman Katende, the director of media and communications at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, claimed the Ugandan Government would not send a team to Taipei because they enforce the "One China" policy.

This is the diplomatic acknowledgement of China's position that there is only one Chinese Government.

Under the policy, Uganda recognises and has formal ties with China rather than the island of Taiwan, which China sees as a breakaway province.

Peninnah Kabenge, the Association of Uganda University Sports President, claimed the situation was a misunderstanding and has confirmed that the African nation will be sending a team to the Taiwanese capital.

A press release distributed this morning reveals 36 Ugandan athletes will be competing at Taipei 2017.

The country has entered athletes in athletics, badminton, women's basketball, swimming and tennis.

Avice Meya and Arthur Ssegwanyi will take to the swimming pool.

Meya set a national record of 33.05sec in the 50 metres butterfly at last month's International Swimming Federation World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

In athletics, Dorcus Ajok is among the squad after recently competing at the IAAF World Championships in London, where she reached the 800m semi-finals.

The Ndejje University student won gold in the 1500m at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju.

Sprinters Shida Leni, Daniel Bingi and Pius Adome are expected to be other medal prospects.

Two-thirds of the athletes set to compete for Uganda here also competed at the last edition in Gwangju two years ago. 

The team are set to fly out tomorrow and will be led by Chef de Mission Paul Mark Kayongo.

Uganda will be hoping to improve on their performance at Gwangju 2015, where Ajok's victory was their only medal.