Government pushes for Sports Policy to help develop games

Government has concluded the Physical Activity Sports (PAS) bill that should be able to streamline the way it facilitates sports development, National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary in charge of administration Dr. Benard Ogwel.

Dr. Ogwel was representing government and particularly state minister of sports Charles Bakkabulindi at the 93rd FUFA assembly the Kabalega Resort Hotel in Masindi on Saturday when he said that the PAS is the only way for government to streamline support for sport in Uganda.

He said that government has taken a deliberate move to identify five performing sports disciplines including football to spearhead development.  

NCS has voluntarily already identified Boxing, Netball, Football and Athletics among others for financial support because they perform and achieve internationally but PAS would clearly define how all the sports disciplines can be helped to develop.   

Government is in the process to repeal the 1964 Sport Act and introduce the Physical Activity Sports (PAS) bill 2017 to provide a structured process of support for sports and physical education.

At the moment national federations and associations do not have a funding policy from government and so depend on handouts from National Council of Sport (NCS), president Yoweri Museveni or Parliament contributes in support of sports activities. 

At the FUFA assembly, Magogo got 69 votes from the 72 delegates cast their ballot. Although Magogo was unopposed one vote was against him while two were invalid. Minister of state for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala was also accepted as the third FUFA vice president. 

He promised to remain open development ideas and appealed to football lovers to ignore personal hatred for him and allow the country to maximally expose its football talent.

In his second term that begins on August 31, Magogo plans to spearhead more commercial football products and attract more sponsors in Ugandan football as one of the means to allow the sport contribute to supporting itself.

FIFA and CAF have described Uganda as an inspiration to the rest of the CECAFA member federations in terms of football development.

East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) Honorary Chairman Leodegar Tenga of Tanzania represented FIFA while CAF Executive Committee Member and Djibouti FA president Suleiman Hassan Waberi were the international observers in Masindi.

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