National Council of Sports General Secretary Dr Patrick Bernard Ogwel has requested the Government to put more emphasis on the Sports sector.
There has been a big concern about Government’s failure to prioritise Sports despite recent efforts in improved funding.
In the financial year 2020/21, the Government reduced NCS Sports Budget by Sh8bn.
The Uganda’s team at the concluded 2020 Olympics recently returned from Tokyo after an impressive showing at the games where they won four medals, the highest number won at a single Olympics event for Uganda.
The winners were Joshua Cheptegei (5000m gold, 10000m silver), Peruth Chemutai (3000m steeplechase gold) and Jacob Kiplimo (10000m silver).
In an exlusive interview with The-SportsNation, Ogwel believes that Uganda can conquer Africa more so in the Sport of Athletics.
“If we can do what we are doing to Uganda Athletics Federation to the rest of the federations, there are chances that uganda can capture the whole world at a ransom because the talents are there in all the sports disciplines,” Ogwel stated.
“The Uganda National Anthem of Uganda was sang twice at the Olympic games and that alone is enough to win the whole world observing silence in respect in recognition for excellency which is a great milestone.
“From the olympics and the success stories, this would be enough for government to prioritise sports. This shouldnt be a debate and neither are we begging government.
“We have seen many ministries being supported by government with huge chunks of money yet they are not producing what we are producing and I can give examples if given time.”
In subsequent Paralympic games in Tokyo, David Emong who won silver in the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, clinched bronze.
However, Emong has not received what he was promised in 2016.
“We have written to our Senior Minister to notify the president on the promises of the medalists so we are waiting for that moment for Emong to be rewarded and get his share following the success story registered for the country in the back to back Paralympic games,” Ogwel added.
“As NCS, we gave him Sh30m as an appreciation but we are still making follow ups on the presidents promises to Emong in 2016 when he won the maiden paralympic medal for Uganda.”
Ogwel also added that they have already submitted a supplimentary budget to the Parliament of Uganda because “the Sh10bn which was given is no more.”
“As requested by Parliament, a comprehensive budget for consideration in the interim under supplimentary of Sh30bn and the next financial year budget as a focus of council, we have posted 96bn as a request.”