“Prostitution, alcoholism, violence, and other such behaviors don’t belong in sports and may wreck your life. Your future will be bright if you pursue sports with discipline and a fear of the Lord, said President Museveni.
The President spoke these things at State House Entebbe as he was hosting a group of athletes for a state luncheon.
The President and First Lady, Maama Janet Museveni, who is also the Minister of Education and Sports, planned the luncheon.
The athletes comprised National School Teams that competed in the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association (FEASSSA) and those that competed in the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Additionally, President Museveni commended the teams who have performed well for Uganda in recent years.
You may have recently heard about the performances in Rwanda, Budapest, and Oregon. Tokyo was the place where we saw the Olympics before that. I really appreciate your help.I consider myself to be a sports aficionado and an old athlete, having followed our teams’ performances since they began in Perth, Australia, in 1954. I also consider myself to be a kind of sports historian,” he said.
According to President Museveni, poor political decisions made by earlier regimes that caused the nation’s economy to completely collapse caused a little delay in Uganda’s sports growth.
However, it was at that difficult period in 1972 when Akii-Bua triumphed in the hurdles in Munich, Germany. When we assumed power in 1986, the nation’s system had completely broken down. Thus, we focused on diversification, the modest contemporary sector’s growth, and the introduction of previously unheard-of new sectors in addition to the economy’s little recovery,” he said.
As of right now, we haven’t really gotten started since we haven’t done anything for sports in particular. We haven’t really begun to use our potential as of yet.
In order to support sports at the grassroots level, President Museveni also embraced the idea of creating minimal zonal infrastructure.
“Each of the 19 zones will have two stadiums. That’s a very nice concept; we’ll research it and decide whether to install this zonal infrastructure in schools or in a school and a public space. That would be an excellent way to kick off those zonal contests.
Conversely, the President emphasized the significance of sports in the nation.
“I often emphasize you the importance of sports; they are important for character development, fitness, and teaching people the virtues of collaboration since they need teamwork. They also provide entertainment for onlookers and, for athletes, a means of subsistence.
As a result, he said, “Sports should be appropriately understood and explained to our people.”
Because of this, even in situations when we were short on resources, I made the effort to announce that the Office of the State House would provide a monthly stipend of Shs5 million for gold medal winners, Shs3 million for silver medal winners, and Shs1 million for bronze medal winners.
The President also pledged to pay out in full to the recipients who have now missed out on the offer after it was implemented.
He went on to restate his appeal for celebrities who excel in sports to be attached to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the police, army, and prisons. He said that this would enable them to get a little wage and an address.
Additionally, President Museveni told the athletes that every sports zone in the nation will get a bus from the government.
Members of Parliament, representatives from the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association, and the Hon. Peter Ogwang, Minister of State for Sports, were also present at the luncheon.