Author: Kitaka Abel (Ow'ensonga)

Disability is not ability, goes the old adage, and Umar Bakashaba rightly fits into that bracket. Bakashaba is a one-armed courageous 26-year old who recently successfully competed and finished the Cycling race organised by Cycling Academy Uganda. He has been taking part in a couple of Cycling activities under Uganda Cycling Association, competing with able-bodied cyclists. Born in Isingiro district, Bakashaba was involved in terrible accident while he was still nine years, and his arm had to be chopped off. He stays in Nansana and that’s where he learnt Cycling as a means of transport to work since most times…

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There is a dark cloud hanging over Uganda Kickboxing after a recent suspension from National Council of Sports. NCS withdrew their certificate of recognition from Uganda kickboxing Federation due to ongoing leadership rift. Since the demise of President Hassan Sekilime in 2018, the Federation has failed to agree on who is the right person to take on the mantle. As the constitution suggests, the Organising Secretary Patrick Luyoza was named the president on an interim basis. However, his leadership was met with strong resistance by a group led by Kaliisa. Kalisa’s team accused Luyoza of mismanagement and introducing his family…

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Ali Chebures (Men) and Mercyline Chelangat (Women) were crowned champions at the 2022 Source of the Nile Half Marathon on Sunday. The event attracted 155 runners including 32 Female and 123 Male Athletes in Jinja. After his great display that made him scoop the 2022 National Cross Country Championship held in Tororo early this month, Chebures from Uganda wildlife authaurity extended his dominance to clock 1:02:00. Chebures (085) He was followed by Police’s Chebet Abel (1:02:04) and Geofrey Kusuro 1:02:06 from Uganda wildlife Authaurity respectively. “I am happy that God has given me yet this chance again to add this…

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National Council of Sports has withdrawn the certificate of recognition from Uganda Kickboxing Federation, its official. The development means that the Federation is no longer recognised by NCS to develop the Sport of Kickboxing in Uganda. NCS, in a statement, said that the wrangle-hit Kickboxing Federation has failed to organise elections despite holding various meetings with the Federation. Did you know – NCS is a statutory organ whose establishment, status and powers are enshrined under The NCS Act of 1964, to among other things; Develop, Promote and Control sports activities in Uganda on behalf of Government, under the Ministry of…

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After a successful National Cross Country championship in Tororo, focus for Uganda Athletics Federation turns to the Source of the Nile National Half Marathon in Jinja this Sunday 27th February. This ninth edition is to be graced by several runners that target progression to full marathon athletes. The recent years for Uganda Athletics Federation have, despite covid-19 interruptions, yielded fruits. Notable of these is Jacob Kiplimo who stamped his authority on the global scene when he won the World Half marathon. His exploits have inspired many kids that are expected to grace this Sunday’s National Source of the Nile Half…

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Since his deportation from Japan ahead of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, weightlifter Julius Ssekitoleko has never represented Uganda again and his fate remains unknown. Ssekitoleko’s case at the Olympics garnered International attention – The weightlifter had traveled to the Tokyo Olympics expecting to compete, but he was later told that he had not qualified for the games! And then reportedly went missing when he disappeared from the Ugandan Olympic team’s training camp in Izumisano, in Osaka, Japan. Days later, he was found and arrested by police in Japan’s Mie Prefecture, deported back to Uganda, detained for some days…

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Uganda’s long distance runner Mercyline Chelangat says she wants another Commonwealth medal. Chelangat made her way back into the picture after winning the 10km cross-country in Tororo last weekend. Chelangat has been off form since she last won a Bronze medal in 10,000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Then, she came third behind Uganda’s Stella Chesang (gold) and Stacy Ndiwa of Kenya. Over the weekend, she beat a classy field that also had Uganda’s Olympic gold medalist Peruth Chemutai and Sarah Chelangat to finish at 33:31. “The entire race was good, it was not an easy one though.…

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A couple of top athletes are set to face off at the National Cross Country Championship in Tororo on Saturday, February 12. The contenders in the Women’s category for the national gong include 2020 Tokyo 3000m steeplechase Olympian Peruth Chemutai from Uganda police, Uganda wildlife authaurity duo of Sarah Chelengat the 5000m national record holder and U20 5000m bronze medalist Chesang Prisca. These will battle for the nation honors and places for the Africa cross country championships due March this year in Mozambique in (10km). Other contenders in the ladies category include 2019 World cross country 4th finisher Chebet Racheal…

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The 2008 National Rally Champion Dr Ashraf Ahmed has expressed his disappointment with the current leadership of Federation of Motorsports Uganda. Ashraf has been a common figure in the rallying fraternity since 2007 and he is among the two re-known proffessional doctors in the sport together with Dr. Godfrey Nsereko. For the past four years, Ashraf under Ali Medical Centre has been offering free medical services to all rally drivers and motorsport riders. But the FMU recently ordered drivers not to go for free medical checkup at Ali Medical services but rather go to and get the services at UMC…

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Hassan Ssaku, the proprietor of Ssaku Boxing Club has re-echoed UBF President Moses Muhangi’s recent call to have Boxing return in Schools. Muhangi’s call came in the wake of the continued exclusion of the game of boxing in the Education Institution Sports Calendar, including the latest of 2022. “I came through Kololo High and Ssaku Boxing Club wouldn’t be here today if I wasn’t motivated through Schools Boxing back then,” Hassan Ssaku told TheSportsNation. “And many Boxing Champions are products of these Scchool competitions therefore the Federation (UBF) led by Muhangi should fight hard to see that Boxing is restored…

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In just a few months after Uganda Baseball and Softball Association flagged off one of its best players Isaac Odongo to the United States for College in Texas, the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed terms with Ben Sserunkuma and Umar Male together with their coach Joshua Kizito Muwanguzi as international signees. Sserunkuma and Male are set to become the first Ugandan born to play professionally in the Major League Baseball (MLB) organisation. The boys were flagged off amidst Ugandan dignitories including the National Council of Sports General Secretary Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, Rev Canon Duncans Mugumya the commissioner of physical…

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Uganda Table Tennis Association held its finals for the commonwealth table tennis trial games where they selected the best eight (4 in the mens category and 4 in the ladies). The function held at lugogo indoor arena was graced by National Council of Sports boss Dr. Donald Rukare and the NCS General Secretary Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel. A team of four ladies including Ritah Nakhumitsa, Nangonzi Parvin, Seera Florence and Ludia Natunga together with four men that is Mbabazi Samuel Ankunda, Napookoli Philip, Achuma Benjamin and Miiro Diouf are now set to represent Uganda at the 2022 Commonwealth qualifier games…

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Uganda Hockey national teams – Men and Women – is set to leave for Accra Ghana for their Maiden Africa Cup of Nations Championship scheduled for 17th of January 2022. Both teams have intensified training and the Men team has been boosted by four italy based players ie Batuusa Collins, Ashraf Tumwesigye, Ntumba Timothy and Baguma Emmanuel. Head coach Kasasa Vicent Arnorld believes their experince together with other players that have previously competed in the Africa Club Championship will be a major boost to the team. “Much as we are the underdogs, we know we can favourably compete, we have…

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As the saying goes ‘a lion gives birth to a lion’, this also applies in martial arts as fighters are expected to produce and mentor their sons as future fighters. Today I bring you Martin Kawesa Jr son to Uganda’s most decorated Kickboxer Golola Moses of Uganda. Kawesa, 14, will on 26th of Dec (Boxing day) have his first serious fight against Kamulegeya Joshua. In an exlusive interview with SportsNation, the brave Kawesa stated: “Many think this is my first but i have been winning inhouse fights at Golola talents academy so Kamulegeya should come knowing am also not a…

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Caring hearts breakthrough ministries located at Kagula Hill Wakiso district has been the venue for a Christmas day surprise that will impress many in the sports fraternity especially those for whom football is a niche. Baker Kasigwa, 87, who has been bed-ridden for a while arrived in a wheel chair in the company of his wife and son, has like in the bible ‘gotten-up and walked’ albeit for just a few meters. “Daddy has been unable to walk for the past two or three months” said his son. He added: “This is a big milestone and though he is still…

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Uganda Baseball and Softball Association has seen off one of its best players Isaac Odongo who heads to the United States for College in Texas but with sights on a fresh baseball journey. The Association President Felix Okuye believes this latest achievement for the sport courtesy of the Dodgers Academy is the first of many to come. “We expect Isaac to be our ambassodor to show that Uganda has a lot of talent in baseball,” said Okuye. “This is one of our major targets as the federation to produce best baseballers and export them to the outside world to play…

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Fighter Moses Golola has rescheduled his revenge fight against South Sudanese champion James Majok to early next year. In an exclusive interview with The-SportsNation, Golola also confirmed that his clash with Majok will be his final kickboxing fight as he heads to retirement. Golola, who prefers to be add ‘of Uganda’ to his name, says that he wishes to fight in-front of his adorable fans that have supported him all along not in a scientific way. “I was forced to postpone this fight because I want to say thank you to my fans that have supported me for all those…

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National Council of Sports, Uganda Olympic Committee and Uganda Athletics Federation have announced their collaboration with the Office of the President and the Ministry of Health in supporting the Covid19 run to be held this Sunday, December 19 2021. The run aims at raising awareness of the public as the country moves into the festive season and the reopening of the economy, schools and other sectors. The run will start from Kololo independence grounds this Sunday 19th December at 7am and end at the same place. Among the participants will be Olympics gold medalists Jacob Kiplimo, Peruth Chemutai, Stephen Kiprotich…

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Uganda’s Weightlifter Nioyita Davis from Kisugu Weighlifting club has won Silver at the ongoing Senior World Weighlifting Championship in TashKent Uzebekistan. Nioyita, competing in 55 category, lifted 220Kgs – 95 in Snatch and 125 in the Clean and jerk. Despite an injury which he got from Saudi Arabia in the Youth World Weighlifting Championships in October, Nioyita managed to exploire the heights. Jinja based Ibrahim Nsubuga from Black Monster weighlifting club will be in action on Thursday at 3:30pm EAT in the 67kgs category. Hakim Ssempereza Musoke who won a silver in the 2019 World Weighlifting Championship who also doubles…

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The Uganda Handball Federation has confirmed that two boys junior teams – the U18 and U20 – will represent Uganda at the IHF Zone 5 Championship in Ethipia due February 15-22 2022. The IHF Championship that was earlier on slated to take place in April, will accomodate 10 countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan and South Sudan. “We are ready to start preparations this early December so that by February we are ready to hit the road. We need over 70M to prepare the two teams in a non-residential as well as a residential camp,” Uganda…

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