Minister of State for Sports Hon Peter Ogwang described 2022 as the best Sports Year in the country’s history.
This, the Minister said during the recent National Sports Forum at Lugogo.
The remarks are founded after Uganda registered enormous success especially at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“I would like to reiterate to you that 2022 was one of the most successful years in Ugandan sports history, on the international scene,” Minister Ogwang stated.
“It is of utmost importance that we do not lose sight of it for the sake of our gallant and heroic athletes, the men and women preparing them on and off the field, and our country Uganda to which they have brought recognition that has translated into a stronger international diplomatic and political standing, revenue from their earnings, and from the subsequent sports tourism, taxes, as well as domestic and foreign investment.”
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Uganda’s 2022 Achievements (NCS)
World Athletics Championships (Oregon USA) – Joshua Cheptegei successfully defended his 10,000m title when he won Gold at the world Athletics Championships in Eugene Oregon USA. Jacob Kiplimo and Oscar Chelimo won bronze each in 10,000m and 5000m respectively.
Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) – At the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022, team Uganda won a total of 5 medals (3 gold and 2 bronze). Jacob Kiplimo in a Games Record of 27:09.19 won the men’s 10,000m and also the 5000m in 13:08.08. Olympic champion Peruth Chemutai defied odds to claim a bronze medal in the Women’s 3000m SC and Victor Kiplangat ran 2:10.55 to win the Marathon. History made in Uganda Boxing as female boxer Teddy Nakimuli became the first commonwealth female medalist, as female boxer Teddy Nakimuli became the first commonwealth female medalist, claiming a bronze medal in the Flyweight event. Uganda hence finished in 16th position overall and 4th in Africa at the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Other outstanding performances for Team Uganda were manifested in Netball and Rugby; with the National Netball Team, the She Cranes completing in 5th position following a well worked out 54-48 victory against South Africa. In Rugby, Uganda’s 7s team finished 10th in the Men’s rugby 7s tournament losing 17-31 to England in the 9th placement game at the Coventry Stadium.
5th Islamic Solidarity Games (Konya 2022) – Team Uganda excelled at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, where it collected a total of 9 medals, to finish 4th in Africa and 17th overall. 15-year old Para Swimmer Husnah Kukundakwe was the star of the games with a 6-medal sweep (2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze) while in Athletics, Abel Chebet clocked 28:31.39 to win silver medal in the men’s 10,000m and Janat Chemusto claimed a bronze medal in the 5000m event. Rising star Kirabo Namutebi with a NR of 26.42 won a Silver medal in the Women’s 50m freestyle.
Africa Cricket Association T20 Africa Cup – The Cricket Cranes emerged champions of the inaugural Africa Cricket Association Cup held at Willowmoore park in Benoni South Africa.
East Africa Cricket Championships – Both Cricket Cranes (Men’s team) and the Victoria Pearls (Female Cricket team) emerged champions of East Africa in the regional championships.
Africa Rugby Sevens – The Rugby Cranes emerged champions of the 2022 Continental Rugby Sevens Tournament.
East Africa Clubs Netball Championships – National Insurance Corporation Netball Club won the East Africa Clubs Netball Championships hosted here in Uganda.
2022 Ludo World Cup – The Doves (National Ludo Team) won the 2022 Ludo World Cup held in Nepal
12th Edition of Est Africa University Games (Ndejje) – Ndejje University won the 12th edition of East Africa University Games for the seventh time in a row. The games organised by the Federation of East Africa University Sports were hosted at Ndejje University.
CAC Moto cross Championships (Nairobi, Kenya) – Uganda emerged champions of the 2022 CAC Moto cross championships.
Pearl of Africa Motor Rally championships – Rally Driver Jas Mangat won the 2022 Pearl of Africa Motor Rally.
Africa Blackball championships (4-6 March 2022, Zambia) – The Pool Cranes (Female team) won the Africa Blackball championships, 4-6 March in Zambia.
2022 CECAFA Women’s Cup (Njeru) – The Crested Cranes won the 2022 CECAFA Women’s Cup at the FUFA Technical centre in Njeru
2022 CECAFA U20 Men’s Football Tournament – Uganda’s U20 Men’s National Football team, the Hippos, successfully defended their CECAFA title and consequently qualified for the 2023 U20 Africa Cup of Nations due in Egypt
2022 FIBA Zone V U18 Afrobasket tournament – Uganda’s U18 Female Basketball team emerged champions of the FIBA Zone 5 U18 Afrobasket tournament, held at the Lugogo indoor stadium, Kampala.