The minister of state for education and sports, Charles Bakkabulindi has indicated that Uganda government will soon develop policies and set up basic infrastructure to help improve sports in the country.
He says a policy to streamline government sponsorship of talented sports students to public universities and tertiary institutions will soon be undertaken and the National Council of Sports Act (1964) will soon be reviewed amended to encourage people get involved in sports activities.
Uganda continues to perform poorly on the global stage because it continues to miss out on major international soccer events like the World Cup and the African cup of nations. Uganda has also not been performing well at the International Olympic games.
Other government plans include the development of the Nakivubo war memorial stadium, selection and development of physical education and sports centre of excellence and the development of the Akii-Bua stadium in Lira district.
In a press statement seen by Ultimate Media, Bakkabulindi adds that government will procure a bus for the Uganda National soccer team, construct a national high altitude training centre for athletes in the Eastern Uganda district of Kapchorwa and establish ten sports schools to act as centers of excellence.
The minister however, indicated that despite government efforts to develop the sector, a number of challenges like low budget allocation, neglect of community sports, high taxes imposed on sports equipments, lack of sports facilities and low priotisation of physical education and sports remain major hindrances.