As per the NCS Statutory Instruments of 2014, the National Council of Sports held its 12th National Sports Forum for heads of National Sports Associations/Federations on 03rd January 2023 at the NCS Lugogo. The Minister of state for Sports, Hon. Peter Ogwang chaired the meeting with the aim of recommending to the Minister Strategies for promotion and development of sports among others. In attendance were officials of Ministry of Education and Sports, Department of Physical Education and Sports, Uganda Olympic Committee, Board and Staff of National Council of Sports and media persons.

In his address, Hon. Ogwang observed that the year 2022, was a very fruitful year for sports in Uganda. As a country and for individual sports disciplines, the Country registered a number of achievements.

The minister further called upon sports leaders to work collectively towards the professionalization of the management of National Sports Federations/Associations. He further cautioned the leaders to operate within the parameters of the law and the provisions of their respective constitutions/statutes.

‘I would therefore like to see good governance in federations, strategic and responsible leadership, that is transparent, answerable and accountable to all stakeholders.’ noted the Minister of Sports.

The NCS Chairperson, Mr. Ambrose Tashobya in his remarks called for a paradigm shift towards a positive mindset for the development of sports in Uganda.

Going forward, the Ministry of Educations and Sports and the National Council of Sports shall embark on the following to ‘leapfrog’ the sports sector: -
a) Improvement on facility development in sports infrastructures as a means of maximizing opportunities for all Ugandans to participate and excel in Sports.
b) Facilitate validation and approval of National Sports Policy and sports bill before end of FY 2022/2023
c) Align our Strategic interventions and aim at facilitating and improving the welfare of current athletes with rewards and recognition.
d) Lobby for more funding to increase financial support to National Sports Association and NCS to adequately facilitate Sports development programs.
e) Facilitate completion of Government funded National High Altitude Training Center in Teryet, Kapchorwa, and the facility shall go a long way in benefiting the training and preparation of athletes for Sports development.
f) Support the Revival of the district Sports Councils to enhance grassroots development in all our communities
g) Establishment of Centers of Sports Excellence in different regions of Uganda, starting with the schools’ systems in Uganda
h) Streamlining the reward and recognition scheme for the talented Sportswomen and men who bring National pride to Uganda through Sports.
i) Strengthening capacity building especially for the technical personnel within the National Sports Associations.
j) Enforce compliance to the NCS Statutory Instrument No. 38, 2014.
k) Seeking Partnerships for the development of Sports Programs.

The National Sports Forum offers a better platform for wide consultations, and opportunity for considerations so as to tap diverse experiences of the various stakeholders in the sports sub-sector.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023