Commonwealth: NCS Clears Air On Unpaid Allowances

National Council of Sports has opened up on claims that athletes have not been paid allowances after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

There have been wide reports suggesting that athletes have not been paid their designated allowances and that some have been handed Sh50000.

The Council has clarified that the Athletes and their officials are each entitled to Sh7.58m in allowances.

“The money has been disbursed to their accounts in batches, and continues to be. A good many have already acknowledge receipt of this money,” reads a letter from NCS in part.

“In fact, only five athletes who have had challenges on the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) through which government has been paying these kinds of allowances since the NCS attained vote statutes on 1st July 2021.”

The said athletes are foreign based trio of Peace Proscovia, Mary Nuba and Tarsis Orogot. The others are Scovia Ayikoru and Atuhaire Ambala.

NCS said that the challenges have ranged from a lack of verified Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) to other account details.

“The alternatives for these athletes and officials is for them to be paid through the Government certified e-cash system, which process the NCS has worked on with the Ministry of Finance through the Accountant General.”

NCS added that these athletes who will be paid via e-cash system will wait until next Monday after a recent major upgrade in the system which is intended to further increase transparency and accountability.

All this comes after Ministry of Finance recently stated that there will be delays in payments including salaries of Government employees due to financial constraints.

The Netball team, She Cranes, were handed Sh50000 upon return. And NCS says that “these were transport tokens handed out to individuals after they were picked up from airport.”

“The NCS assures the team Uganda and the general public that all pending payments, if any, will be made.”

Uganda won five medals at the concluded games – Jacob Kiplimo (two gold – 5000 & 10,000m), Victor Kiplangat (Marathon gold), Peruth Chemutai (Bronze – Steeplechase) and Teddy Nakimuli (Boxing bronze).

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