Legislators in uganda have adopted a motion congratulating Team Uganda common wealth games Australia for their performance during the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Australia.
The Motion was moved by Ajuri County MP Denis Obua Hamson, during a plenary sitting on Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 and seconded by five other MPs including Bukedea district Woman MP Hon. Anita Among and Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang.
Obua commended the Ministry of Education and Sports and the National Council of Sports for ably coordinating the teams at the games.
He however, noted that Government needs to fast track the completion of the high altitude training centre in Teryet, Kapchorwa and other sports facilities in the country like the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. He also urged Government through the line ministry to fast-track the tabling of a bill meant to repeal the 1964 National Council of Sports Act
“The Kenyan Government is not happy that Ugandan athletes are training from Kenya and going ahead to win medals against their own athletes. As a country, we must put in effort to build this center to facilitate training for our sportsmen and women and we are more or less managing sports in Uganda with a 20th century law.” Obua lamented.
Hon. Anita Among commended the women for their performance citing the She Cranes netball team which came sixth overall. She called for investment in sports.
“Mr. Speaker, to show appreciation as Parliament, to these medalists, it is our responsibility to appropriate funds to this effect,” Among added.
Peter Ogwang advocated for support from multinational companies and public partners in promoting sports development in Uganda, noting that this would go a long way in improving sports.
“Look at the investment when it comes to marathons that are held once a year, or the KCCA gala; why are we failing to do that in sports?” noted Ogwang.
Former sports medalist and Otuke County MP Julius Acon commended Government for supporting the athletes at the Australia games, which upped their performance morale.
“In1994 we would get US$100 for four years, but I was told that this time, every participating athlete got Shs7 million. I thank Government for that,” said Acon. Mary Karooro Okurut (NRM, Bushenyi) called for talent grooming from a young age, which can be nurtured and groomed for excellence in future sports activities.
The State Minister for Sports Hon. Charles Bakkabulindi noted that Government would commit to fast-track the completion of the training centre in Teryet, Kapchorwa.
“Currently, electricity, water and a primary school have been built using the funds that you gave us,” said Bakkabulindi.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held between the 4 and 15 April 2018 with Uganda winning three gold medals and one bronze.