14 February 2013

Uganda: Inaugural Nyangweso Games Roll Off in Busia

Uganda's road to the 2020 Olympic Games has already started even before the next Olympics in Rio 2016.

The national Olympic committee has said that they preferred to start early in order to follow-up the works of the past leaders through the talent identification programme. The committee will hold a sports for all gala in the honour of fallen former president and Uganda's only IOC Member Maj. Gen. Francis Nyangweso. The event will be taking place at the OlympAfrica centre in Busia February 16.

The event was inaugurated by Acting Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick, Naome Nyangweso (wife of Nyangweso) and Michael Wandera (son) at the Uganda Olympic Committee offices three weeks back.

"We are trying to follow Nyangweso's vision of developing all the sports and we are trying to keep this vision alive. We are going to start by identifying schools, which will in the future be our centres of excellence in developing the youth sports," said Blick at the press conference.

Children below the age of 12 will participate in running, Kids athletics, boxing, Tag Rugby, Netball, volleyball, football, weightlifting, traditional wrestling among others as a way of increasing their interest in sports, and also changing their concept. We will also identify teachers who can be given the basics so that the next edition of the gala, we will expect an improved competition," he said.

Uganda sports director Gunter Lange, who came in the country in 2008 on recommendation on Nyangweso, was happy about the move.

"He had a true definition of sports. Despite being from a boxing background, he wanted all other sports to develop and that is why he ensured that I come to Uganda.

This will be a true tribute to him." Nyangweso's wife Naome was lost for words.

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