Entebbe, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni emphasized the importance of discipline for athletes during a luncheon at State House Entebbe. He urged athletes to avoid vices like alcohol, prostitution, and fighting, emphasizing that discipline and a sense of morality are crucial for a successful sports career. The luncheon, organized by President Museveni and First Lady Maama Janet Museveni, was attended by athletes who participated in the World Athletics Championships in Budapest-Hungary and National School Teams from the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA).
President Museveni acknowledged the achievements of Ugandan sports teams in recent years, including their performance in Budapest and Rwanda. He also noted the historical challenges faced by sports development in Uganda due to past political issues and economic hardships. President Museveni expressed the need to focus on the recovery of the economy and diversification of sectors.
He welcomed the concept of developing zonal infrastructure for sports at the grassroots level, suggesting two stadiums per zone in all 19 zones. Additionally, he stressed the multifaceted benefits of sports, including physical fitness, character building, teamwork, entertainment for spectators, and income generation for athletes.
The President revealed a stipend program for athletes based on their medal achievements, emphasizing the government’s commitment to supporting the sports community. He also announced the allocation of a bus to each sports zone in the country.
First Lady Maama Janet congratulated Ugandan athletes on their impressive achievements, including their ranking at the World Athletics Championship. She encouraged athletes to work even harder to become the best in Africa and the world. Maama Janet appealed for increased support for talent identification and development, funding for athletes who win medals at continental and global events, and the operationalization of the National Anti-doping Organization (NADO) in Uganda.
The First Lady also called for the support of hosting the Annual Continental Cross Country Tour and the Africa U18 and U20 Athletics Championships in 2025. She urged sports stakeholders to give attention to the FEASSSA teams that have represented Uganda at international competitions.
The luncheon was attended by various officials, including the Minister of State for Sports, Members of Parliament, and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Sports and Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association. Awards were presented to the top five secondary schools in sports at the event.
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