By Dorothy Nekesa.
The National Sports Forum of Federations/ Associations convened for the quarter four meeting of the financial year 2021-2022 on June 27, 2022 at the Lugogo based Copper Chimney Restaurant.
The Honorable Minister of state for Education and Sports Denis Hamson Obua chaired the 4 hour meeting speaking harmonization and streamlining in accordance with the practices and the existing sports law of 1964. And leaders further urged to ensure stability within the sports federations.
The 10th Federations meeting was interactive with submissions from the different sports Federations representatives. He stated that the target is to reach Sh100bn for sports.
In attendance was the commissioner of physical education and sports Rev. Canon Duncans Mugumya, president Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) Donald Rukare (via zoom from Budapest, Hungary), Ambrose Tashobya (chairman, National Council of Sports), Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel (general secretary, NCS) among others.
Key for the day were the concerns around the budgetary allocations from Government towards the different sports Federations and Associations which the Secretary National Council of Sports Doctor Bernard Patrick Ogwel diced.
It should be noted that the national sports budget had a great increment of 47.8 billion (from 17 billion) this starting Financial year 2022/23. This has been a progressive journey.
As per the new arrangements, Football will continue taking the lion’s share with Sh18bn. More Federations were chanced with having their allotment ring fenced like it has been with FUFA only.
Athletics, Boxing and Netball will share Sh9bn while Basketball, Rugby, Cricket, Motorsport and Paralympics share Sh6bn this financial year. Badminton, Volleyball and other 13 Federations share sh3bn while the rest including Wrestling, Ludo, Lacrose, Fencing, American Football, Kabaddi, Darts, Archery, Taekwondo, Gymnastics, among others split the remaining Sh900m amongst themselves.
Hon Obua said that they will wait for approval from Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and NCS will then make a formal communication.
Funding Breakdown For Sports Federations 2022-2023
Sh18bn – Football
Sh9bn – Athletics, Boxing and Netball
Sh6bn – Basketball, Rugby, Cricket, Motorsport and Paralympics
Sh3bn – Badminton, Chess, Cycling, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Kickboxing, Pool, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, University Sports, Woodball, Volleyball ■