Kampala-Fly High! That is the catchword for Uganda’s team heading to the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazaville just two months from now.
But financially speaking, there is still a long way between where Team Uganda stands and where they want to be for the Games.
“The overall budget for the team is sh2.3b,” revealed the General Secretary National Council of Sports (NCS) Jasper Aligawesa at the media awareness launch of the Uganda’s All Africa Games campaign at Lugogo on Monday.
“But government will give us only sh500m. So that’s why we are launching this awareness campaign. We need the support of all the stakeholders.
“The media, corporate companies and other well-wishers should all come on board and support the team.” The chief guest and minister of state for sports Charles Bakkabulindi said:
“This is to invite all stakeholders to contribute to this national cause. It’s important that the general public is reminded that we have a team going out to represent the country at the All Africa Games.” he added.
The event was also attended by NCS chairman John Bosco Onyik, several officials from local sports federations and members of the media.
Uganda is taking 86 athletes for the quadrennial competition that doubles as a qualifier for next year’s Olympic Games.
Uganda will be represented in basketball (18 players), athletics (17), paralympics (11) boxing (8), table tennis (8), cycling (6), weightlifting (5), badminton (5), swimming (5) and lawn tennis (3).