Tashobya Ambrose, Chairperson of the National Council of Sports (NCS), has called upon different sports stakeholders, including sports associations and federations, to take part in the development of government sports projects.
According to Tashobya, developed sports infrastructure will not only benefit the sportsmen but also the public by generating revenue for the establishment of public hospitals, schools, and roads, among others.
While speaking at the National Sports Forum of National Sports Associations held at NCS head offices in Lugogo on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Tashobya said that sports infrastructure development is high on the agenda of the new sports law.
He added that President Museveni has given a blessing for the redevelopment of the Lugogo Sports Complex with Turkish firm Summa, revealing that modern state-of-the-art multi-sports will comprise two indoor stadiums (10,000 and 3,000 seaters), a multi-sports outdoor pitch, a swimming pool, hotel, hostel, offices, a fitness gym, and a physiotherapy centre.
“I, therefore, call upon all stakeholders, especially the National Sports Associations and Federations, to support the government sports projects,” Tashobya said.
Peter Ogwang, the Minister of State for Sports, said that his cabinet has equally approved the long-awaited Physical Education and Sports Policy as the main policy to guide the development of sports in Uganda.
He added that the Physical Education and Sports Policy indicates that the professionalisation of sports is now complete, and national sports associations should align their respective constitutions with the new laws.
Dr. Benard Ogwel, the Secretary General of NCS, said that the National Sports Act of 2023 is very clear on the compliance guidelines for national sports associations and federations, and one of the key requirements is having strategic plans to ensure the development of the respective sports associations.