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FUFA officials and members of the Taskforce

FUFA, Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports met the National Taskforce for Physical Education and Sports bill that is gathering ideas for the new sports law in the country at the NCS boardroom today.

FUFA president Moses Magogo, his CEO Edgar Watson, the legal officer Denis Lukambi and UOC Secretary General Dr. Donald Rukare, NCS assistant general secretary in charge of administration Dr. Benard Ogwel discussed proposals with members of the National Taskforce.

In their presentation to the Taskforce, UOC and FUFA proposed among others that the current law is obsolete requires changes to suit modern sports development in the country.

The proposals also target government to fully take over sports in terms of improvement of sports infrastructure in the country and funding for federations/associations and national teams.

FUFA’s proposal includes a call for government to pass stringent laws against matchfixing and gambling in sports in country.

Last week FUFA president Moses Magogo came out to emphasise that sports in Uganda especially football requires modern laws that should support the industry develop instead of stifling it.

The taskforce composed of government officials, legal practitioners and legislators will continue to gather views for the bill.

NCS General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi
NCS has commended Uganda Woodball Federation for stepping out of their comfort zones and woo sponsors to supplement government support extended to the sport.

While flagging off the national men and women’s teams that will take part in the first Beach Woodball World Cup Championships Indonesia, NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi said that contrary financial outcry from federation/associations, leadership remains the biggest issue in Ugandan sport.

BLB boss Kiwalabye (left), NCS Gen Sec Muramagi(centre) and UWbF president Kayongo

“Problem is Ugandan sports is more of leadership issue and not necessarily funding. Federations/associations need to open up and get partnerships, sponsorships and build network of corporate companies that can supplement efforts of government,” Muramagi said.

He caused an applause when he commended the Woodball federation for achieving what traditional sports federations/associations have not achieved in as many years of they have been in existence in Uganda.

“The woodball federation has only been around for nine years but you have achieved what some sports federations which have been here even before Uganda got independent have done. It is because of your good leadership,” Muramagi said.

He said that in next few years to come, federations/associations will be compelled to ensure descent facilitation for national team before it travels out of the country.  

 

Uganda Woodball Federation used the same function at the MTN Arena, Lugogo to unveil a Ush30m annual sponsorship for the next three years from Buganda Land Board.

Uganda Woodball Federation president Mark Kayongo and Buganda Land Board boss Kiwalabye Male in the presence of Muramagi signed a three-year sponsorship package that will see the regional land board fund the woodball league for the next three seasons.  

National of Sports General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi has advised other national federations and associations to emulate Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) if they should excel at the international stage.

Muramagi was speaking at a reception to welcome back Team Uganda athletes from the World Athletics Championships that concluded in London over the weekend.

He thanked Joshua Cheptegei for winning Uganda’s only medal (silver) at the 2017 global event and advised him to keep focused on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“Cheptegei, thank you for representing Uganda with a medal. Team Uganda had a very big following back home and you did not disappoint. You have showed the world that you can do more,” Muramagi said before he handed over financial appreciation to the athletes and their officials.

NCS gave each of the Team Uganda athletes sh1m appreciation and sh1.5m for the officials.

“Cheptegei you are no longer ordinary and that is what we want all you athletes to be like. We shall then be more proud,” Muramagi advised.

Otuchet in red and Sorowen

Uganda athletics federation president Benjamin Otuchet said that their focus now shifts to preparing athletes for the Commonwealth Games due next year as well as they prepare for the next Olympic Games.

National Council of Sports board member, who is also Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen who was also Head of Delegation in London appreciated the athletes discipline at the championship.

“If you keep disciplined like I saw in London, you will achieve bigger thinks. Besides you should have a vision and a plan every time you are running,” Sorowen said.

The returned on Tuesday and National Council of Sports hosted them for a dinner at Café Javas in Kamwokya.

Government has concluded the Physical Activity Sports (PAS) bill that should be able to streamline the way it facilitates sports development, National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary in charge of administration Dr. Benard Ogwel.

Dr. Ogwel was representing government and particularly state minister of sports Charles Bakkabulindi at the 93rd FUFA assembly the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi on Saturday when he said that the PAS is the only way for government to streamline support for sport in Uganda.

He said that government has taken a deliberate move to identify five performing sports disciplines including football to spearhead development.  

NCS has voluntarily already identified Boxing, Netball, Football and Athletics among others for financial support because they perform and achieve internationally but PAS would clearly define how all the sports disciplines can be helped to develop.   

Government is in the process to repeal the 1964 Sport Act and introduce the Physical Activity Sports (PAS) bill 2017 to provide a structured process of support for sports and physical education.

At the moment national federations and associations do not have a funding policy from government and so depend on handouts from National Council of Sport (NCS), president Yoweri Museveni or Parliament contributes in support of sports activities. 

At the FUFA assembly, Magogo got 69 votes from the 72 delegates cast their ballot. Although Magogo was unopposed one vote was against him while two were invalid. Minister of state for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala was also accepted as the third FUFA vice president. 

He promised to remain open development ideas and appealed to football lovers to ignore personal hatred for him and allow the country to maximally expose its football talent.

In his second term that begins on August 31, Magogo plans to spearhead more commercial football products and attract more sponsors in Ugandan football as one of the means to allow the sport contribute to supporting itself.

FIFA and CAF have described Uganda as an inspiration to the rest of the CECAFA member federations in terms of football development.

East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Honorary Chairman Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania represented FIFA while CAF Executive Committee Member and Djibouti FA president Suleiman Hassan Waberi were the international observers in Masindi.

Uganda will be the only African country that will compete the Beach Woodball World Cup Championship 2017 at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, in the Lagoi Bay Area, Bintan Regency.

The first ever World Cup will be held from 9th-14th August 2017 with competitors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, India, China, Oman, Nepal and the hosts Indonesia in the inaugural beach World Cup.

While flagging off the team NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi advised the players to work hard and excel at the World Cup like they have done in international competitions before.

World Cup bound woodballers admire the national flag

Uganda’s teams that left for Indonesia today included male players Onesmus Katamba, Bruno Bbosa, Israel Muwanguzi and Joel Adupa.

The women are Joan Mukova, Sandra Nabaggala, Lillian Zawedde and Joyce Nalubega accompanied by the Head of Delegation Grace Orone and coach George Isabirye.

 

 

National Council of Sports has offered to accommodate the Uganda Athletics team and also give them pocket money while at the World Championships in London.

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi announced the offer while flagging off the national team of 20 men and women at the MTN Arena, Lugogo today.

The 12-day championship starts on Thursday and runs until August 14.

Muramagi urged the athletes to consider themselves lucky to be on the national team and work hard to win medals for the country as the reward.

“To see that you are among the 20 athletes to represent Uganda makes you a legend. We support you to excel so that we can celebrate with you. I encourage you to work harder. We want to benefit from this hugely endowed country,” Muramagi said.

Before departure in that afternoon, NCS offered each athlete of the team Ush1m pocket money and Ush1.5m for the officials and hosted the squad for a breakfast at Javas Restaurant on Monday. 

The athletes for the world championships included marathoners, steeplechase, 10000metre runners and middle distance runners.

Team Uganda, Women

Chekwel Juliet -10000m, Chelangat Mercyline -5000m, Chesang Stella -5000m, Peruth Chemutai -3000m Sc, Chebet Esther -1500m, Ajok Dorcus -800m, Nanyondo Winnie -800m, Nakayi Halima -800m

Men

Mutai Solomon –marathon, Chemonges Robert –Marathon, Chesakt Alex –Marathon, Cheptegei Kipkrui -10000m, Timothy Toroitich -10000m, Kurung Moses -10000m, Kiplimo Jacob -5000m, Kissa Stephen -5000m, Araptani Jacob -3000m Sc, Sikowu Abel -3000m Sc, Chemutai Albert -3000Sc, Musagala Ronald -1500m, Mayanja Abu Salim -800m

Officials

Dominic Otuchet –Team manager

G. Ahimbisibwe –Head Coach

Guiseppa Giambran -Assistant Coach

Veronic Sempier –Physio  

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