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It’s 3 Gold
Wednesday, 14th September, 2011
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Norman Katende In Maputo

Uganda claims Africa netball and Paralympics titles
Netball final result: Tanzania 42 Uganda 52

THE She Cranes overcame Tanzania in a tension packed match at Munhuana stadium to claim Uganda’s third gold in the All Africa Games.

The netballers, who were included on the team at the last minute, justified their belated entry for the Games despite undergoing early scares from the Tanzanians.

Although Cranes led 12-8 in the first quarter, they seemed to struggle particularly because of a lack of coordination between centre Halimah Nakacwa, wing attacker Ruth Meme and wing defender Esther Awayo.

There were more concerns when Tanzania rallied to close the gap at 15-17 at half time. Coach Fred Mugerwa was forced into changes and that proved the difference.

“There was a problem with the coordination but we rectified it quite early,” Mugerwa said.

Mugerwa withdrew Nakacwa, shifted Meme from the wing to the centre and threw on Harriet Apako.

Uganda then regained the momentum and won 52-42.

Akullo stars
Christine Akullo won Uganda her second gold medal after winning the 100m finals in the Paralympics T-13 category.

The 21-year-old senior six student of St Francis Secondary school in Soroti clung on to win the finals amidst wild celebrations from his counterparts.

It was the third gold medal for Uganda on the track after Annet Negesa’s triumph in the 800m finals.

Uganda’s medal table in Maputo

Uganda’s medal table in Maputo
Annet Negesa (Athletics)
Christine Akullo (Paralympics)
Netball team

Edwin Ekiring (Silver)

Job Emong (Paralympics)
Ronald Serugo (Boxing)
Sarah Nambawa (Trip Jump)

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Kipsiro defies odds to win fourth Gold

Kipsiro defended his 5000m gold medal in Maputo yesterday. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA

By INNOCENT NDAWULA (email the author)
Posted Friday, September 16 2011 at 00:00
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First he was out of the World Championships in Daegu but hope was that he would lead Uganda’s contingent to the All Africa Games in Maputo. However amidst a series of continuous unfortunate incidents that included life threats, Moses Ndiema Kipsiro declared he wasn’t mentally fit to play. In a turn of events following the intervention of President Museveni, the 2010 Commonwealth Games double gold medallist over 5,000m and 10,000m, made a last-minute trip to Maputo.

Preferring to a keep a low profile at the Games Village, Kipsiro defied the odds and detractors to defend his 5,000m crown in a time of 13:43.09s. In Algiers 2007, Kipsiro won that priceless medal with just one shoe on but although he had two yesterday, the conditions were tougher.

Searing heat conditions at the Zimpeto stadium had reportedly forced one too many an athlete to limp out and, to add salt to injury, the athletes rooms had no air conditioners. And for a man who had been bedridden, Kipsiro ran with boundless courage and passion in the face of adversity.

Allegedly the heat forced 800m champion Annet Negesa to step out of the race in the 1,500m where she was seeking to be the first Ugandan to win two medals at the African Olympics. Tennis ace Duncan Mugabe settled for bronze after losing 6-0, 6-1 to Egyptian Sherif Sobry in the semifinals yesterday.

Ugandan cricket goes live on TV
By Lydia Bakumpe (email the author)
Posted Friday, September 16 2011 at 00:00

East africa ELITE fixtures
Nile Knights vs. Coast Pekee
At Entebbe Oval
Warriors vs Kongonis (Kenya)
At Kyambogo Oval (LIVE ON S.SELECT)

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Recently, Ugandan football and rugby made a debut on television. It is now cricket’s turn. Local cricket players will have a chance to showcase their skills in front of cameras in the East Africa Cup this weekend.

The likes of Lawrence Sematimba, Roger Mukasa, Charles Waiswa and Brian Masaba, will line up for Ugandan franchise side Rwenzori Warriors against Kenyan outfit Kongonis at Kyambogo on Sunday. But first, they will play a Twenty20 game (East Africa Premier League) on Saturday.

However, it is only the Sunday ODI (50 overs) that will be broadcast live on SuperSport Select starting at 9:30am. Kongonis, who won their game against Nairobi Buffaloes by 4 wickets last weekend, will be looking to maintain their form against the unbeaten warriors. Nile Knights play Coast Pekee in Entebbe.

No anthem for Negesa
Thursday, 15th September, 2011
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By Norman Katende in Maputo

THE All Africa Games organisers failed to have the Uganda anthem played as 800m champion Annet Negesa was crowned at the Zimpeto Stadium yesterday.

After getting her medal and flowers, Negesa and two other medallists Mengistu Fanta of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Sylvia Chebet waited for their respective national anthems to be played.

After a short while, the stadium speakers rolled off the last lines of the first verse for Uganda’s anthem, “United, free, For liberty. Together we’ll always stand,” leaving Negesa puzzled. An apology was later made.

Meanwhile, Duncan Mugabe will face an Egyptian in the quarter-finals of the tennis event today.

Serugo ready for world meet
Thursday, 15th September, 2011
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By Usher Komugisha

AFTER a promising performance at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique, the national boxing team is eyeing the upcoming AIBA World Championships due September 22-October 10 in Azerbaijan.

Bronze medallist at the Africa games, light fly weight Ronald Serugo told New Vision that, “It has been long since we participated at the international level but now that we are from Maputo, we are fresh and ready to compete and come back with medals.”

At the last edition of the world event in 2009, Serugo beat the European champion, Ireland’s Thomas Stubbs in Milan, Italy, to match into the quarter-finals where he lost to a South Korean.

Serugo is confident he will build on that experience together with his teammates.

The boxers will use the world meet to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

Uganda will be represented in Baku by eight boxers.

Negesa eyes double gold
Thursday, 15th September, 2011
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By James Bakama in Maputo

Today, 7.25pm
Men’s 5000m final
Women’s tripple jump
Women’s 1500m final

CAN Annet Negesa become the first Ugandan to win two medals at the same All Africa Games edition?

Uganda will be praying this question is answered in the affirmative when the games’ women’s 800 meter champion goes for her second medal in the 1500m final tonight.

Negesa, who will be running moments after her team-mate Moses Kipsiro defends his 5000m title, promised to put up a good show. “I am a bit tired after the World Championships and the 800m in Maputo. But still I always strive to put up my best,” she said yesterday.

But as the spotlight focuses on Negesa, Kispsiro is quietly going about his business. The 2007 Algiers 5000m champion, who reported to camp this week rarely leaves his room.

He only ventures beyond the athletes’ village when he is going to the dinning that is almost a kilometer away. And, even then, you would hardly notice him as he is always spotting a low baseball cap.

The author had lunch with Kipsiro on Tuesday and all he talked about was the high temperatures and rooms in the village that lack air conditioners. He simply couldn’t be drawn into talking about the 5000m final.

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Museveni congratulates Ugandan team
Friday, 16th September, 2011
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Presidental call: Christine Akullo talking to President Yoweri Museveni on phone yesterday

JUST moments after the She Cranes were crowned All Africa Games netball champions, President Yoweri Museveni called the team at the Athletics Village, promising them support.

The President reportedly called through the team manager Nicholas Muramagi’s phone and after getting a full update of the Ugandan team’s performance, he asked to talk to a number of medalists.

It is said Museveni first spoke to team captain Florence Amono in English, but when he asked for Amono’s district of origin, the President then changed to Alur.

“Congratulations for the performance. It has been good and I will meet you when you come back and we talk more,” the President reportedly told Amono before asking to speak to Annet Negesa, a gold medallist in the 800m race.

He reportedly teased Negesa by speaking in Lumasaba, after Negesa told the President that she comes from Budadiri, but now stays in Jinja.

Negesa spoke the longest, but reportedly rushed for a bottle of water, to cool off, after the call.

After Negesa, Museveni spoke to Christine Akullo.

Kipsiro wins gold, Museveni phones
Friday, 16th September, 2011
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Kipsiro relishes his victory
By James Bakama and Norman Katende in Maputo

Moses Kipsiro bounced back from a spell of inactivity and bad results to win the All Africa Games 5000m gold medal Thursday night.

Kipsiro stretched Uganda’s medal tally to seven as he defended his All Africa Games title here last night.

Kipsiro clocked 13 minutes 43.09 seconds to give his country its fourth gold in the slow but tactical race in the Zimpeto National stadium.

Kipsiro, like Negesa in the 800m on Tuesday, applied his trademark finishing sprint to the tape. He thereafter attributed the victory to God.

Well aware that his opponents were weary of his presence, Kipsiro ran a cautious race. He kept behind and only moved to the front pack with four laps to go. It is at that point that everyone close to him wanted to block him.

“They knew the kind of runner they were up against and did everything to block. At one point I was tripped but ws lucky not to fall down.”
“I thank God. It was his will. With Jesus nothing is impossible. He led me through the race,” said Kipsiro, who not only registered his biggest victory this season, but also defended the title he won at the 2007 edition of the games in Algiers.

Kispsiro had reason to thank God. He has for months been battling malaria and typhoid in his home in the Elgon Ranges in Eastern Uganda. Last month he pulled out of the World Championships and the Maputo event. He only announced at the last minute that he would run here.

Museveni called to congratulate him. SEE here

Uganda had earlier lost a bronze as the organizers ruled that the women’s triple jump be repeated because of poor officiation. Sara Nambawa who had won bronze had pulled out of the repeat due to injury.

Earlier, Annete Negesa's attempt at a double the same night failed, as she was stepped on early in the race and limped off in the 1,500m final.

President Yoweri Museveni had early yesterday created excitement in the Ugandan camp when he called from Kampala to congratulate the All Africa Games team.

He first spoke to captain Florence Amono, first in English before he tried Alur.

“Congratulations for the performance. It has been good and I will meet you when you come back and we talk more,” the president told Amono before asking to speak to Annet Negesa, a gold medallist in the 800m.

She spoke the longest and kept her calmness, at one time telling the president that: "now we know that you support sports."

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Kipsiro gold raises more questions

Kipsiro successfully defended his All Africa gold. PHOTO by Ismail Kezaala

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo (email the author)
Posted Saturday, September 17 2011 at 00:00

The double Commonwealth champion swept to victory in Maputo but the feeling persists that he could have swept a double in Daegu, South Korea.

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The 5, 000m gold Moses Kipsiro won at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday should ideally be celebrated like a miracle.

Not long ago, the biggest Ugandan athlete today could have been down and out. His season started with complaints of persistent knee injuries prior to the World Cross Country Championships in Umbria, Spain in March eventually finishing 11th.

At that point, it was premature to write off the double Commonwealth long distance gold medalist from India last October. The inaugural IAAF Diamond League came knocking and redemption was possibly a matter of when and not if. A few unremarkable displays later, the calm athlete was suffering from typhoid.

When we all thought a dosage from a medical person would heal the star, the bombshell fell. A rival clan allegedly ‘bewitched’ him as they ‘envied’ his success. “They are using all means including juju (witchcraft) to finish me off,” the runner said.

Sooner, Kipsiro pulled out of the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, Korea citing threats by politicians to kill him because of connections with President Yoweri Museveni. A bit diversionary it might have been.

Daegu remains a missed opportunity. Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele was never in contention for both long distance medals podiums following lengthy injury. Ibrahim Jeilan, the 10, 000m champion and British Mo Farah (5, 000m) were no match at the time when Kipsiro looked to be closing the gap on the Bekele.

Uganda’s hopes of winning a medal there were quashed as soon as he opted to stay in Bukwo. Maputo soon vanished. “I am physically and mentally not fit for the All Africa Games,” Kipsiro said while announcing his absence from the event. He dramatically changed his mind and four gold medals later, we can all celebrate as if nothing happened.

Annet Negesa (800m, women), Netball and Paralympics won the other medals but for obvious reasons, Kipsiro’s dominates the headlines despite beating feeble opposition at the island nation.

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Discussion Starter · #85 ·
Nile Breweries inject sh390m into USPA
Tuesday, 20th September, 2011
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Egou (L) watches as Namanya and Ogong (R) sign the deal
By Johnson Were

THE Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has renewed its relationship with Nile Breweries in a sh390m three-year deal.

Nile Breweries that was one of USPA corporate sponsors in 1974 delighted the sports scribes with a timely return after a 10-year absence.

The sight of a beaming USPA president Mark Namanya and Nile Breweries marketing director Daniel Ogong signing the contract at Kabira Country Club with the association’s founder chairman Freddie Ssekito on sight signaled good times ahead.

The sh130m annual sponsorship will cover the association’s Annual Sports Awards Gala, Sports Journalists Awards, Sports Person of the Month Award and a retainer fee. Nile Breweries funding starts with the 2011 USPA Gala and 2010 October Nile-USPA Sports Person of the Month award.

USPA will also revamp the monthly awards where the winner will be rewarded over a cocktail party.

“We are into sports sponsorship and naturally we had to support USPA which recognizes excellence. We want to make these activities bigger,” Ogong said.

Namanya said: “We are grateful to our previous sponsor Uganda telecom. As USPA we are also delighted to partner with Nile. We will work together to develop sports.” USPA lawyer Charles Egou witnessed the contract signing

Ugandans shine in first live game
Tuesday, 20th September, 2011
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Kyobe starred with the bat as Ugandan sides showed no mercy to visiting Kenyan teams in East Africa competitions
By Charles Mutebi

UGANDA'S Rwenzori Warriors excelled in the first ever live telecast of a cricket match played in the country, overpowering Kenya’s Kongonis by seven wickets in the East Africa Cup.

An early morning pour endangered this historic occasion but the heavens were eventually gracious and the contest went ahead, emanating from Kyambogo, through SuperSport across Uganda and the rest of Africa.

Rwenzori’s famous victory (played through 10 overs aside because of the rain) was largely a communal effort, underpinned by Shehzad Kamal’s 34 and Jonathan Sebbanja’s 16 as well as Brian Masaba’s pick of two wickets for two.

Beyond Rwenzori’s monumental triumph, there was all-round success for Uganda’s sides in both the East Africa Cup and the East Africa Premier League. On the eve of their television debut, Rwenzori overcame the Kongonis in the Twenty20 league by four runs, taking their perfect record to six wins.

Meanwhile, the Nile Knights thrashed Kenya’s Coast Pekee in the league and the Cup by 10 wickets and 78 runs respectively. Nile’s Arthur Kyobe continued his menacing form in the Premier League, scoring 64 off 28 as Nile chased down Coast Pekee’s 90 runs for no loss. Arthur Ziraba added 23 off 22 to guide the Knights to an easy win.

It was a more collective affair as the Knights defeated Pekee in the Cup, with five players reaching double digits. Fred Isabirye and Ziraba led with 36 and 28 respectively while Asadu Seiga and Davis Arinaitwe took 3-22 and 3-25 respectively. .

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Maputo: Paralympics in London
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Emong and Akullo show off their silverware

One of the marginalised sporting groups in the country, the Paralympics proved that with better training and opportunities, they can be their after Christine Akullo won a gold medal and David Emong bronze in their respective races.

Akullo won Uganda her second gold medal at the All Africa Games here after topping the women 100m finals in the Paralympics T-13 category.

The 21-year-old senior six student at St Francis Secondary school in Soroti had a tight fight but clung on to top the finals amidst wild celebrations from his counterparts. Another Paralympic athlete Emong had won bronze in the 1500m event.

The other advantage is that they both hit the qualifying mark and will represent Uganda at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Paralympics body said that the experience they got in the games calls for more training and they will not rest until they challenge some of the best in the world for more medals.follow us on twitter and facebook

Maputo: Kipsiro defends, Negesa fails
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Kipsiro managed to defend his 5000m title while Negesa failed a double test
Well as all was in Annet Negesa’s hands in winning a second medal but with a lack of a technical personnel nearby might have failed her.

She decided to take the shot cut and instead of going to the warm up track, decided to watch Moses Kipsiro’s race until after the third-last lap but by now, it was too late to warm up.

She was heavy when the race started and with an additional spike, she was denied a second medal in the 1500m, having won one in the 800m earlier. Janet Achola finished 7th in the race, after a promising outing in steeplechase.

But Kispiro was focussed despite the brushes and spikes, defending his 5000m title, Jacob Araptany was injured in the 3000mSC though he went on to finish 5th, while Sarah Nambawa had her medal cancelled and she could not do another jump, having suffered from a hamstring.

Well as in an event of such international magnitude, the jumped distances had to be displayed, it was not the issue and in hiding the marks, a Nigerian jumper Iworina Otonye had jumped 13.47m, but she was credited 14.47m by the officials.

Her personal best stands at 13.87m The distance is believed to have been a false start of Algerian Baya Rohoishi which was measured by the officials amid protests.

Uganda, Algeria, Nigeria and Senegal all put in an appeal protesting the official position, but the technical committee over ruled it. “I can’t stay behind and watch this going on. I better travel back home. It has been a sad outing for me,” said the Africa triple jump champion.

Janet Achola finished 7th in the 1500m final, after clocking time of 4:24.32 in a race that Annet Negesa while Justine Bayigga clocked 25.48 in the windy 200m to fall out at the semi-finals while Ali Ngaimoko failed to advance in the 200m men’s first round.follow us on twitter and facebook

Maputo Sum Up: Netballs shine
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Netball proved they are worth competitors by bagging gold

With everyone fighting to see that they are dropped, the netballers had state sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi shouldering them, and they never disappointed him.

Had their sporting discipline been on the London 2012 schedule, maybe they would be on line for gold, seeing how they dismantled opponents despite training under tough circumstances.

A 100% win and a team medal was joy enough for the team, which beat tough African outfits South Africa and Zimbabwe to the gold, promising good times ahead.

They beat Kenya 53-40, Zambia (61-31) and hosts Mozambique (103-8). They then added up by beating South Africa (53-35), Ghana (115-7),
The She Cranes overcame all odds at Munhuana indoor sports complex, to down all the other national team, winning support from the locals in the All Africa Games.

The netballers, who were included on the team on the last minute, proved that they are worth champion always playing as a team
“It was a good tournament and we are among the continent’s great. The problem is that we do not get finances to travel to the different international events but we have proved to the nation that we are a competitive sport,” said coach Fred Mugerwa.

Captain Amono said that the netballers have proved that they are also good and if supported, they will be able to raise Uganda’s flag higher. follow us on twitter and facebook

Maputo: Mugabe stands tall
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Mugabe put up a great show and settled for Bronze

The question Duncan Mugabe asked when he was told that his team will not be able to play in the team semi-finals is “when will we stop to be jokers. When will this stop.”

Mugabe, whose medal crowning passed like the one for other sports apart from athletics was not attended by any general officials was hurt that not only the going was tough, but also the reason of why they left for Maputo were cut shot.

“We came here to compete and win medals. Why is it that someone who was making the booking did not study the duration of the programmes and come up with the best flight details.’

Mugabe’s anger comes from the fact that he was set to win another medal at the Games but their trip was cut short. Having qualified for the semi finals of the Team event, Mugabe needed to appear at the court and play one game for them to be assured of a medal, but due to a poor flight connection and ticket booking, they were forced to pull out of the event.

“My bosses said that I pull out the boys and I had no alternative,” coach John Oduke said after they pulled out in what would have at least been Uganda’s other medal at the Games.

Mugabe and Herbert Buyinza represented Uganda at the Games, with a tired Mugabe bowing out of the Single’s semi-final and one fact is that they managed to lead Uganda to the fourth rank in Africa.follow us on twitter and facebook

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Discussion Starter · #87 ·
Akii Bua movie to premier in Kampala

The movie being showcased
By Norman Katende

The John Akii Bua story, which was shot in 2007 with scenes in Uganda and Germany and screened by BBC before the Beijing Olympics Games will make its first international premier October 18 at National Theatre in Kampala.

According to Crispin Buxton of Spinfilm, who joined hands with Passion to make the film, it will be a great opportunity for Ugandans to experience the 89-minute film, directed by Dan Gordon with John Battsek as an executive producer.

The documentary, which involved reliving Akii Bua’s life as an athlete, a father and a Police officer, will be launched at National theatre, before it is taken to Akii Bua’s hometown of Lira next month. It will also be part of the films that will be screened during the Amakula Film Festival.

History about Akii Bua’s film:

At the Munich Olympics of 1972, Ugandan John Akii Bua powered round the inside lane in the 400m hurdles, past English favourite and reigning Olympic Champion David Hemery, to win the gold medal, 10m clear of the field. The clock showed 47.82, an astonishing new world record.

Akii Bua was the first African to win gold in an event under 800 metres. He was also the first man to break the 48 seconds barrier in the 400 metre hurdles, an event so gruelling its nickname is 'The Mankiller'. But, while David Hemery retired to respectable fame and fortune, Akii Bua returned to a Uganda carving the name of its military 'President', Idi Amin, into genocidal notoriety.

After the glory of 1972, John never found prosperity in his country, beautiful but blighted by the Amin slaughter, tribal rivalries and poverty. Akii Bua's tribe, the Langi, were the primary victims of Amin's slaughter, and John's national popularity could only protect him for so long.

In 1979, Akii Bua fled for his life to Kenya. In the trauma, his wife gave birth prematurely, and the baby died. The couple did not even have the money to bury him.
Shortly afterwards, Akii Bua presented his former coach, Englishman Malcolm Arnold, with 12 foolscap notebooks. Arnold, astonished, found they contained Akii Bua's life story, written in longhand, in pencil, in English, his third language.

In 1983, with Amin ousted, Akii Bua returned to Uganda, his achievements and place in history seemingly forgotten. This is a film about the pinnacle of athletic achievement - and the search to discover what followed.

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Golola ready for Hungarian in WKF Title
Moses Golola is up to better his profile with a win over against Hungary's Andras Nagy in the Super middleweight intercontinental title fight in Kampala next week. The East and Central African Champion's trainer is impressed with the fighters improved kicking and accuracy.

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Uganda to host 200 Commonwealth delegates
Publish Date: Jan 25, 2012

Kabenge and John Eades at the press conference in Kampala
By Usher Komugisha

OVER 200 delegates from 71 countries will flock Kampala for the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly due on September 28.

Uganda has beaten Botswana, Bahamas and Lesotho in the bid to host the 2012 Assembly because of her security, location and readiness to host such a big event.

Talking to journalists at a press conference on Wednesday CGF’s operations director John Eades could not hide his confidence in Uganda.

“Uganda is a very beautiful country that has great security and we are so confident that this event will be very successful considering the arrangements that have been done so far,” he said.

Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) secretary general, Peninnah Kabenge added that the visitors had earlier on met the minister of state for sports Charles Bakkabulindi and the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to agree on preparation procedures.

Eades told New Vision Online exclusively that the CGF meeting will not only boost Uganda’s economy through flights and accommodation at the Munyonyo Commonwealth resort but that the delegates that arrive here in September will be representing a third of the world’s population.

Eades said, “Among the delegates are members of parliament from the member countries who have strong connections to the business world and it is these same people who will be ambassadors of this country to the outside world. This will definitely put Uganda on the world map.”

The CGF is the organisation that is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games.

Kabenge and CGF inspectors at the press conference on wednesday (Photos by Norman Katende)

Uganda joined the Commonwealth in 1962 but first participated at the Commonwealth Games in 1954 where she won a silver medal through Patrick Etolu in the men’s high jump.

Uganda has since then taken part in different editions. Ther country registered the biggest number of medals in 1974 when the games were hosted in Christchurch. Uganda won two gold, four silver and three bronze medals largely accredited to athletics and boxing disciplines.

In 2006, Uganda’s Dorcus Inzikuru bagged a gold medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase-the first time this event was included in the Games.

At the last edition of the games in 2010, long distance hero Moses Kipsiro won two gold medals in the men’s 5000m and 10000m to make it five for ‘The Pearl of Africa’.

Uganda also hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.

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Ekiring leads Uganda’s medal hopes in Badminton Open
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2012

By Samson Opus and Norman Katende

International Badminton Open
Thursday, First round
Odera (KEN) vSenono(UGA)
Mburu (KEN) vSenono(UGA)
J. Ifraim (NIG) bye
P.Viyanjanath (RSA) bye
USPA badminton player of the year 2011, Edwin Ekiring will spearhead Uganda’s medal hunt in the International Open championship that gets underway at Sharing Youth Center on Thursday.

The Holland-based player, who jetted in the country on Sunday and has been training at Kampala Club, will however face a stiff challenge in the World Badminton Federation ranking event that has drawn top class players around the world.

Just like fellow Ugandan Brian Ssuuna, Ekiring will watch Day One of the Open in the stands, after being reserved for the main draw tomorrow.

A total of 21 Ugandan players will join 2009 winner Jinkam Ifraimu (Nigeria), South Africa’s Prakash Viyanjanath and Kenyans John Mburu and Victor Odera in a battle for the eight slots to complete the main draw of 32. Seventy seven athletes from 22 countries will join their Ugandan counterparts in the tournament in the event that will also guarantee qualification for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Already athletes from Turkey, Peru, Austria, Australia, Egypt, Jamaica, Canada, Slovakia, Italy and the Czech Republic have already arrived in the country for the event and are being accommodated at Holiday Express Hotel. “All the others are expected to arrive on Thursday as they will not be in action until Friday morning,” said Simon Mugabi, the local badminton chief.

Other Ugandan players expected to vie for honours in the singles category include Wilson Tukire, Brian Ssuunna, Herbert Ebayo, Brian Mayega and Alex Babu.

Shamim Bangi, Margaret Nankabirwa and Daisy Nakalyango will fly the Ugandan flag in the women category.

Ekiring is Africa’s number one seed and the only Ugandan athlete who has qualified for the Olympics so far.

The high-profile championship ends on Sunday.

Fans take to basketball court, players go to stands
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2012

Kinetic Management Group CEO Cedric Babu addresses the media during the FNL launch

A sports fan will always have a thing or two to criticize a player for especially when their favourite team is on the receiving end and not doing well.

But the basketball fans will have the chance to feel what players go through on the court when they replace the stars on the courts while regular players go the stands in season two of the annual Friday Night Lights basketball competition.

Friday Night Lights (FNL), brings ardent basketball fans closer to their stars and the second edition of the event will be staged at the YMCA courts in Wandegeya starting with four games on the night of February 10.

The eight-week long event will feature some favorite players, celebrities, Trampoline dunking, artist performances, mascots and break dance teams as they hit Center Court in a variety of basketball competitions.

The winner of each game walks away with cash.

Sport Ssenono shocks Kenyan Mburu on day one
Publish Date: Feb 02, 2012

By Norman Katende

UGANDAN Davis Ssenono shocked Kenya's John Mburu in the qualifiers of the Uganda International Badminton Open tournament at Kampala Club on Thursday.

The main draw action starts Friday with the men's singles in the morning, followed by the women games in the afternoon at Sharing Youth Centre, Nsambya.

Ssenono avoided playing near the net and kept replying Mburu's efforts with sinking shots that he could not contain before the Ugandan won 21-15, 21-19.

Another Ugandan Jacob Musisi was let down by fitness after he succumbed to South African youthful star Parakesh Vijayanath 2-1 in an entertaining game.

Musisi had taken the first set 21-19 and was leading the second 18-14, but lost concentration as Vijayanath came from behind to take it 21-18. In the third set, Musisi looked tired and even failed to serve over the net.

“I need to do some gym, I was unfit,” said Musisi after the contest that lasted 30 minutes.

Uganda's top seed Edwin Ekiring has expressed confidence he will go past the first round where he takes on Turkish Murat Sen

“I have improved in my training and with the home crowd, I will make sure I do not disappoint,” said Ekiring.

The women action has Shamim Bangi and Margaret Nankabirwa raring to fly Uganda's flag high.

Uganda International badminton

Select results

J. Musisi (UGA) bt I. Ssenfuka (UGA) 2-0

B. Masaba (UGA) bt S. Mpwanyi (UGA) 2-0

D. Muhingo (UGA) bt F. Kirabo (UGA) 2-0

V. Odera (KEN) BT i. Mayega (UGA) 2-0

D. Ssenono (UGA) bt J. Mburu (KEN) 2-0

P. Vijayanath (RSA) bt J. Musisi (UGA) 2-1


Main draw

Men (STARTS 9.30AM)

E. Ekiring (UGA) v M. Sen (TUR)

P. Martins (POR) v B. Ssuna (UGA)


J. Cocognimi (SUI) v A. Nakiyemba (UGA)

V. Na (AU) v S. Nalunga (UGA)

S. Nabasirye (UGA) v O. Bayrak (TUR)

S. Bangi (UGA) v A. Tawfeeq (EGY)

M. Nankabirwa (UGA) v S. Ideh (NIG)
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