16 May 2008

Uganda: Local Asians Raise Sh1.7bn for Sports

Kampala — THE Asian community in the United Kingdom is set to establish a $100m (sh1.7b) sports project that could revolutionize Ugandan sport.

The luxurious academy that will be initiated this year after stalling for three years, will be a continuation of the sporting aid that the community based in Leicester, has injected into the country since last year.

"These were rich people that had too much money to invest in Ugandan sport.

I launched the project in the UK and it was supposed to have set off in 2005 but unfortunately it didn't because we had general elections at the time," former Ugandan High Commissioner, Dr. Thomas Kiryapawo divulged yesterday.

"I established the necessary groundwork and it is up to the people that assumed my office to follow up the project." "It will definitely improve Ugandan sport through several exchange programmes," he added.

A contingent led by the project's pioneers Jaffer Kapasi and Stone White is soon expected in the country to make a comprehensive presentation the sports ministry and National Council of Sports (NCS).

Early this week, two containers with assorted sports gear were dispatched to Uganda to help promote sport among the traumatized children in northern Uganda. Charitable Trust Leicester chairman Pramod Thakkar is the other brain behind the project.

"I am confident that if this project succeeds, we will not have complaints among sport disciplines. The quality of sportsmen will also improve," Kiryapawo added.

FUFA presidential aspirant Alex Kasujja, who lives in the UK, met with the community delegation on Wednesday and vowed to ensure that the project materialises if he gets the soccer federation top job in August next year.

Kasujja is the third candidate after Patrick Isiagi and Denis Mbidde that have declared interest in contesting for the federation's top seat against the incumbent Lawrence Mulindwa.

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