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    Museveni Rewards Commonwealth Heroes: Lectures On Insecurity And Sports

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    President Museveni with Joshua Cheptegei who won 2 gold medals

    Officials from the Ministry for sports have been urged by President Museveni to identify potential athletes in all regions in Uganda given that the country is now peaceful, which is conducive a environment for sports to flourish.

    The call was made by the President at a luncheon he hosted together with the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni, at State House, Entebbe for the Ugandan contingent that returned on Thursday from the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast-Australia. The luncheon was hosted in recognition of the team’s exemplary performance where they scooped 6 medals.

    President Museveni with First Lady Janet Museveni and the medalists

    The medallists included Cheptegei Kiprui Joshua who won 2 gold medals, Stella Chesang scooped a gold medal, Solomon Mutai secured a silver medal and Mercyline Chelangat got a bronze medal. In boxing, Juma Miiro scooped a bronze medal.

    Uganda was ranked 15th following Kenya that was ranked 14th out of 71 countries that took part in the games and only 43 countries were in the medal bracket. This was one of Uganda’s best performance having done very well again in 1970 at the Edinburg Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom where the country got 3 gold, 3 Silver and one bronze medals.

    President Museveni who was addressing a delegation of over 300 district officials from Kapchorwa, Kween and Bukwo, that accompanied the families and parents of the medalists, congratulated the athletes for making Uganda proud by winning 6 medals.

    “I want to thank the 6 young people who got the medals for themselves and the country,” he said.

    He urged officials from the Ministry responsible for sports to vigorously scout potential and talent among young Ugandans now that the country is peaceful. He explained that Uganda was able to put up its best performance and win more medals in 1970 in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh because there was relative peace but that marked the end of sports in Uganda as political chaos ensued in 1971.

    “Insecurity affects sports. For sports to flourish, you need peace,” he stressed.

    “Uganda is very lucky because it has multiple heritages – that of our people, our land in Elgon which is 4,000 metres high. In Sabiny, we have a heritage from God,” adding that after heritage the next move is the potential followed by health and proper nutrition.

    ‘The children must be well fed for them to have enough energy, like in football you need a lot of energy to strike a powerful kick.,” The President also added that discipline is paramount to athletes not to squander their lives with alcohol and immorality.

    On facilitation for sports, President Museveni advised sports strategists to prioritize areas where the potential is very clear like in athletics, with emphasis on games like swimming where athletes can possibly be attached to oversees embassies where they can train better.

    He also reiterated his counsel to spot talent and attach them to government institutions like the Police, Prisons, the Army or Wild Life Authority where there is a base like accommodation and salaries among other provisions.

    Commenting on the tax waiver for sports equipment, he challenged sports officials, especially retired sports persons, to have equipment made in Uganda as opposed to their importation from abroad. He pledged to complete the high-altitude training centre at Teriet in Kapchorwa districtin Eastern Uganda.

    The Minister for Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni, thanked God for enabling the team to perform very well in the games.

    “I am thanking God. I think He is the one who led you to bring all the medals to the country. It is a beautiful gift to the country,” she said. She also thanked all stakeholders in the area of facilitating and supporting the team, especially President Museveni, adding that the facilitation will go along way in fostering sports in Uganda.

    State Minister for Sports, James Bakabulindi, thanked President Museveni for investing properly on the team as they did Uganda proud by bringing back home 6 medals.

    Hon. Steven Chebrot, who spoke on behalf of the Sabiny, reported that the people in Sebei sub-region are now more united than ever especially in the promotion of sports.

    The leader of the Ugandan team to Australia, Ms. Beatrice Ayikoru, who is also the Vice President of the Uganda Olympic Committee, said the team was not only disciplined but put up a brave fight for the medals.

    The Gold medallists Joshua Cheptegei and Stella Chesang both now serving in the Uganda Police Force expressed their delight for the win and thanked President Museveni and Mrs. Janet Museveni for their support.

    Parliament will on Tuesday move a motion to honour the Ugandan medallists from the Commonwealth games in Australia.

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    Who Is Fooling Who: Express FC Unveils New Sponsor, Cancels Melbet Contract Few Weeks After Signing…

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    Express FC players celebrate their goal in their new jersey in their first game of the season against UPDF yesterday

    Just a month after Express FC unveiled Melbet betting company as their sponsor, the Wankulukuku based club have terminated the contract.

    Last week, Express FC unveiled sure bet, another betting company as their new sponsor.

    When Grapevine asked, Express CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa what happened to the Melbet deal, he refused to reveal more details but disclosed that the club went into mutual understanding with melbet to terminate the contract.

    “We are happy with this new deal because it will help us more during the league,” he said.

    Former, Express chairperson, Nakiwala Kiyingi told theGrapevine that, “we are happy to have this wonderful deal and it will help us.”

    When asked her whether the current chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka is still a club chairman, she said that she cannot comment on the matter.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Tension As Real Stars Awards Shortlists Best Performing Sports Stars For September…

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    L-R: Basketball's Tony Drileba, Jacob Kiplimo, Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes and JKL's Brenda Ekon

    Real Stars Awards has shortlisted the best performing Ugandan sports personalities in different sports disciplines.

    This time, in the September monthly awards, four disciplines will be awarded and these include; football, athletics, cricket and basketball.

    The awards will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 4th October, at 256 route, Lugogo.

    The nominees are: In football, three players are contesting for the award and these include; Ambrose Kigozi of Sand Cranes, for his good performance in COSAF championship  where Sand Cranes reached semifinal, Bruno Bunyaga of Buddu and St. Lawrence University where he took the university into the semifinals and Buddu to quarter finals and Blacha Mulamba of Gomba who played a big role to Gomba performance.

    In Cricket, the nominees are; Juma Miyaji, Riazat Ali Shah and Patricia Timogo for their good performance for the cricket Cranes, where they won the African T20 challenge.

    In Basketball, the nominees are; Tony Drireba of city oilers, who helped his team reach the finals of National basketball league, Ariael Okai of Nam blazers, who helped the club to reach its first final of National basketball league and Brenda Ekon of JKL Lady Dolphins who helped her club to reach the finals.

    In Athletics, the nominees are, Jacob Kiplimo, Abel Chebet and Andrew Komoi.

     

    By Juma Ali

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    Express FC Unveils New Sponsorship Deal..

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    Express FC team

    Express FC yesterday unveiled a partnership with betting company, Melbet at Wakulukuku stadium.

    This was after their previous sponsors betway refused to renew their partship with the club.

    The details of what is in the sponsorship package are not known but according to Melbet country director, Andrew Kamwesigye, the betting company is going to support Express in everything they need to compete favourably in all tournaments from the Super League to continental competitions.

    Addressing journalist at Wakulukuku, Express Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Isaac Mwesigwa said, “Melbet will help us in our journey to defend the CECAFA club Championship, branding the stadium and providing players’ kits for both home and away games.”

    The deal is for one year and will be renewable.

    Melbet was the official shirt sponsor for Kyetume FC last season.

     

    By Juma Ali

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