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GOVERNMENT REWARDS MEDALISTS OF RECENT SPORTS FEATS
The season of 2022 registered tremendous sports successes for Team Uganda at various international Sports arenas, and in honor and recognition of these exceptional performances, the President of Uganda, H.E Kaguta Museveni and First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni, Minister of Education and Sports hosted Team Uganda to a state luncheon today at State House, Entebbe in recognition and celebration of the sports victories by Uganda athletes. The teams recognized comprised:
-The Team to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games that won 3 Gold and 2 Bronze
-The Team to the Oregon World Athletics Championships with 1 Gold and 2 Bronze
-Team Uganda to the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya that claimed 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze
-Team Uganda to the World Under20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia also claimed 1 Bronze
-The National Men’s Rugby 7s Team won the Bowls Finals at the Rugby 7s World Cup in South Africa while National Men’s Cricket Team emerged champions of the Africa Cricket T20 Cup, South Africa.
‘The year 2022 has been an outstanding year of sports achievements for Uganda. This would not have been possible if Team Uganda had not intentionally exerted themselves through hard work and personal sacrifice which enabled them to excel. Government is making substantial investments in sports development. We're hopeful that when the construction of Teryet High-Altitude Centre and renovation of Namboole Stadium are complete, we'll have standard facilities not only for training but also for hosting international sports events.’ remarked Hon. Janet Museveni, Minister of Education and Sports and First Lady of Uganda.
The Government of Uganda fully funded the participation of Team Uganda and in light of this, Hon. Peter Ogwang, Minister of Sports re-echoed that the investment in Sports will indeed yield results for Uganda.
The occasion also witnessed the rewarding of all the medalists and teams of the above sports events with cash prizes while Victor Kiplangat, Gold medalist in the Men’s Marathon at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, received a Brand new car from H.E the President. Additionally, the President recognized the legacy of the late Akii Bua, Uganda’s first Olympic Gold medalist in 1972 with the family of the late handed a land title of Property.
In his address to the sports athletes, H.E the President restated his commitment to the monthly Presidential stipend for excelling sports athletes and support to athletes through placements in state structures; with consideration to be made for coaches of excelling athletes.
Prior to this, National Council of Sports equally rewarded the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Medallist on 30th September 2022 during the 11th National Sports Forum at NCS Lugogo with cash prizes totaling to Ugx 190 Million; Jacob Kiplimo was awarded Ugx.100Million for the 2 Gold medals in the Men’s 5000m and 10000m events, Victor Kiplangat received Ugx.50Million for winning the Men’s Marathon event, while Peruth Chemutai and Teddy Nakimuli each won Ugx.20Miillon for the Bronze medals in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase and in the women’s flyweight event.
In his maiden address as Minister of Sports, Hon Peter Ogwang, and chair of the 11th session for executives of National Sports Associations/Federations,called upon leaders of National Sports Associations/Federations to operate within the parameters of the law and provisions of their respective constitutions especially in relation to governance to enable the sector to thrive.