Learn from Athletics federation -Muramagi advises sports bodies

National of Sports General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi has advised other national federations and associations to emulate Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) if they should excel at the international stage.

Muramagi was speaking at a reception to welcome back Team Uganda athletes from the World Athletics Championships that concluded in London over the weekend.

He thanked Joshua Cheptegei for winning Uganda’s only medal (silver) at the 2017 global event and advised him to keep focused on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“Cheptegei, thank you for representing Uganda with a medal. Team Uganda had a very big following back home and you did not disappoint. You have showed the world that you can do more,” Muramagi said before he handed over financial appreciation to the athletes and their officials.

NCS gave each of the Team Uganda athletes sh1m appreciation and sh1.5m for the officials.

“Cheptegei you are no longer ordinary and that is what we want all you athletes to be like. We shall then be more proud,” Muramagi advised.

Otuchet in red and Sorowen

Uganda athletics federation president Benjamin Otuchet said that their focus now shifts to preparing athletes for the Commonwealth Games due next year as well as they prepare for the next Olympic Games.

National Council of Sports board member, who is also Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen who was also Head of Delegation in London appreciated the athletes discipline at the championship.

“If you keep disciplined like I saw in London, you will achieve bigger thinks. Besides you should have a vision and a plan every time you are running,” Sorowen said.

The returned on Tuesday and National Council of Sports hosted them for a dinner at Café Javas in Kamwokya.

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