6 January 2013

Uganda: Resolutions for Sports Bodies for 2013

As sports federations enter the New Year, a number of them told New Vision what their priorities will be this year. Norman Katende captured a few highlights.

Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA):

"We want to promote unity, make the age group teams more functional and also look out for sponsors to support the FUFA Super League, Big League and other leagues across the country.

We are also targeting to qualify for the World Cup and we will fight to see to it that the national team gets exposure for us to achieve this."

Federation boss Lawrence Mulindwa.

National University Sports Federation (NUSFU):

"With the National Universidad this year in Russia, our target is to see that we finish on the medal podium since the last time we did that was in 2007 in Thailand. This will help us rekindle our glory but we are also looking at making a good impression at the World University cross country."

Patrick Ssebuliba, secretary NUSFU.

Uganda Badminton Association:

"We have never won a gold medal in the continental age group and our target is to see that we try and win that gold at the international medal in the age group category in Algeria and Mauritius. We also want to get more corporate sponsorship on board and at the same time lift the game."

Simon Mugabi, Chief Executive Officer.

Uganda Volleyball Federation:

"To give the national team more exposure as a way of improving performance. We shall also continue popularising volleyball across the country and strive to get corporate sponsorship."

Sadiq Nasiwu, president.

Uganda Cricket Association:

"Our main focus is qualifying for the Division II World Cricket League in Bermuda. We are also working on increasing the quality of the development programme by putting more emphasis in regions."

Justine Ligyalingi, CEO.

Uganda Table Tennis Association:

"We are focussing on laying down structures right from the regional level. We also want to put up a national centre. We have already got a sponsor but we are still looking for land where to construct the home of the national association."

Dennis Galabuzi, president.

Uganda Weightlifting Federation

"Our target is to spread the game across the country through gyms that are fully equipped. We are also looking at improving on the technical front through courses. We want to see that we get more youngsters into training with an aim of preparing athletes for international competitions."

Salim Musoke, president.

Federation of Uganda Basketball Association:

"For the national team, our target is to improve performance at regional level with hope of winning accolades, and the same for club levels. We shall also have more clinics for the age group categories right from the grassroots to help feed the clubs."

Ambrose Tashobya, president.

Federation of Motorsport in Uganda:

"The biggest emphasis is to train more officials in the technical rules and safety as a way of making the rallies safer. We are looking at international levels. We are also looking at certifying all the cricket venues to see to it that they are safe and also increase on all the stakeholders' discipline. We also want to participate in the different regional events."

George Fred Kagimu, president.

Uganda Athletics Federation:

"We have taken long without winning a medal at the World Championships and our target is to see that we finish at the podium at the Moscow championships in August. We also want to make a good impression at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland and also make a bid for the various international events. We also have to make all the ground work as we host the Africa Cross Country next year."

Dominic Otuchet, president.

Uganda Karate-Do Association:

"We are targeting to spread the game to the lower level mostly in primary and secondary school and also promote the university league and other competitions as a way of increasing competition."

James Kyewussa, president

Uganda Rugby Union:

"Our main aim is to see that Uganda wins the Group A league that also has Zimbabwe, Kenya and Madagascar so that we qualify for the World Cup for the first time. We also want to increase the competition in upcountry clubs."

William Blick, president

Uganda Amateur Handball Association:

"We are looking at finishing the year with at least two pitches as this is the biggest problem we have in the association as we cannot play without courts. We will also be looking at spreading the game."

Sheila Agonzibwa, president

Uganda Chess Federation:

"We are trying to get as many ranked players as possible. This means that we have to organise more federated tournaments and also see that our players take part in international ranking tournaments."

Vianney Luggya, president

Uganda Rowing, Canoe, Kayaking:

"We want to take the game to another level by using the various water bodies in both the central and west for people to compete in the game as a way of spreading it. We also want the higher institutions of learning to compete against each other."

Sam Ssengendo, president

Uganda Kick Boxing Association:

"Our target is to increase competition of our athletes. This we can do by advocating for more title fights at international and inter-continental level. We want most of our fighters to participate in these events as it will also raise their ranks."

Hassan Ssekirime, president

Uganda Cycling Association:

"We are targeting schools and getting new riders who will take over from the current crop. This we will do by introducing cycling competitions in primary and secondary schools in the central and western regions. We are already looking for sponsorship for this as we build an U-17 team."

Sam Muwonge president

Uganda Swimming Federation:

"We know that we cannot train an athlete from here to beat the best. Our target is to get at least more young athletes into an Olympic Solidarity Programme training. We will also be working towards our athletes qualifying for the World Championships and Uganda winning medals in the region."

Don Rukare, Chairman

Uganda Archery Association:

"We will introduce regional competitions across the country in the first two quarters and also to get a foreign coach give our athletes basics."

Cheseven Turyasingwa, president

Uganda Mweso Association:

"Introducing the game and spreading it into primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, and increase the competition level. We also want to fight and change the people's perception that the game is for the uneducated."

Haruna Mawanda, chairman

Uganda Lawn Tennis Association:

"We are faced with a problem of having aged players dominate the sport. What we are looking at is going to schools and also introducing more women to the sport. Currently, we do not have serious women in competition. We are also going to hold more clinics."

Paul Kasule, technical department

Uganda Baseball & Softball Association:

"We are looking at extending baseball in universities and constructing a stadium in Gayaza. And also increase the competition at both local and international levels. We are concentrating on making a foundation and getting sponsorship to international events."

George Mukhobe, chairman

Uganda National Paralympic Committee:

"We are working on a strategic plan to give us a way forward. We want to qualify for the sitting volleyball World Cup from Africa. Uganda will be hosting the qualifiers."

Bumaali Mpindi, president

Pool Association of Uganda:

"We have a grand plan of implementing another tier of the league in next season to accommodate all regions before they can come and compete at national level. We also want to re-introduce the club knockout to increase competition like the Uganda Cup, but on home and away basis. We are also targeting participation in the World Pool championships in England."

Farouk Wamala Kisuze, Chairman

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