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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.  

Parliament of Uganda will tomorrow Tuesday recognize World Para Athletics Championships in London, David Emong, National Council of Sports can confirm.

Emong won Uganda’s first gold medal in the men's 1500m T46 at the eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championship in London last week.

He defeated hitherto defending champion Algerian Nouioua Samir with a personal best time of 3:58.36.

Speaking of the gesture by Parliament of Uganda, NCS General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi commended it and said that it started with the athlete’s hard work and also regular support for him to exploit his talent.

National Council of Sports has rewarded Emong a plot of land, Ush5million and another Ush500000 monthly stipend for winning a gold medal at the just concluded World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in London.

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.

National Council of Sports has rewarded David Emong a plot of land, Ush5million and another Ush500000 monthly stipend for winning a gold medal at the just concluded World Para Athletics Championships 2017 in London.

While hosting the athlete in a welcome breakfast meeting at Hotel Africana in Kampala, NCS board member Agatha Namirembe announced the offers and said that the gifts will be delivered to Emong as a motivation to encourage the athletes.

Emong has promised to work hard and win more medals for Uganda at different international Paralympic championships.

The prayerful Emong’s focus is now to attempt to break world records at various global events he will be participating in.

He attended breakfast meeting together with his parents and bothers.

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  

National Council of Sports has welcome World Para Athletics Championships 2017 gold medalist David Emong back to the country with a promise to grant his wish to join the Uganda Police force.

AISP Andrew Sorowen who is also a member of the National Council of Sports escorted by assistant general secretaries Dr. Berbard Ogwel (administration) and David Katende (technical), the chief accountant Bbaale Mohammed among others received Emong at the airport today.

Sorowen said that Emong is free to join the police force if he wants to.  Emong has for long been requesting the forces in Uganda to absorb to allow him survive.

“The president has directed that the forces absorb more sportsmen and women. So if Emong has chosen Police among other forces, he can be absorbed,” Sorowen said much to jubilation by Emong’s friends and family members had gone to receive him at the airport.

Emong has promised to work hard and win more medals for Uganda at different international Paralympic championships.

Emong dedicated the gold medal to Uganda and promised to work hard for the country.

From the airport, Emong headed straight to State House, Nakasero where he met the first lady Janet Museveni.

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