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2017/18 THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO NATIONAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS
Government/National Council of Sports has extended increased financial support to a tune of Shs.6,780,368,000 for the 2017/2018 Third Quarter (Jan-March 2018) to compliant National Sports Associations towards major upcoming sports events. The increase in support is as a result of an increase in government funding to the Sports Budget through National Council of Sports aimed at addressing the overwhelming demands for support to several sports activities/programmes.
Accordingly, National Council of Sports rolled out to support priority National Sports Associations who have over the years attained a good return on investment through their outstanding performances at national, regional and international level. The beneficiaries include:
- Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Shs.2,195,870,000)
- Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Shs.619,000,000)
- Uganda Athletics Federation (Shs.519,000,000)
- Uganda Boxing Federation (Shs.340,500,000)
- Uganda Netball Federation (Shs.775,498,000)
- Associations of Uganda University Sports (Shs.300,000,000)
- Uganda Rugby Union (Shs.120,500,000)
- Uganda Paralympic Committee (Shs.100,000,000)
- XXI Commonwealth Games (Shs.1,550,000,000)
- Other compliant National Sports Associations (Shs.260,000,000)
Arising out of the above, the Sports Federations/Associations set out on several campaigns to advance their experience ahead of the major upcoming international events:
The Uganda Netball Team travelled to Barbados for international friendly/Test Series ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. In the first series the She Cranes secured a win with Uganda 48-Barbados 40, the second game ended with Uganda 38- Barbados 42 and the third series had Uganda 46-Barbados 28.
The Bombers, the National Boxing Team claimed 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals at the Bingwa Wa Bingwa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Team is equally building up for the Commonwealth Games.
At the AthletixGP in Pretoria, South Africa, the Athletics Team were led by Joshua Cheptegei who won a Gold medal in the Men’s 3000m and Ronald Musagala finished third in the same event. Halima Nakaayi set a new National Record in the 2:37.98 and Winnie Nanyondo got a new Personal Best in the 1000m.
The Rugby Cranes have entered to participate in the HSBC World Rugby Series in Dubai, Hong Kong and South Africa in preparation for their debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
FUFA has set out to procure a FUFA Bus, participate in the CAF, inuaguration of the FUFA Drum and payment of National players and the National Team Coach salaries.
The National Basketball Team, the Silverbacks finished second in Group B of the FIBA World Cup Africa Qualifiers in Mali.