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Bakkabulindi Holds First Sports Association Forum Meeting

Addressing the leaders of various national sports associations on Tuesday, the Sports State Minister, Charles Bakkabulindi, said they were unable to convene the forum for the last five years because the National Council of Sports had to address other priorities.
The National Sports Association Forum has finally convened after five years without conducting any business. 

The forum is provided for under the sports regulations.

The forum, which is chaired by the sports minister, is expected to meet every three months. 

The other members of the forum are the Commissioner for sports in the Education ministry, the General Secretary National Council of Sports- NCS, presidents and secretary generals of the 48 national sports associations and federations affiliated to NCS.       

They include associations for netball, athletics, Paralympic Committee, hockey, table tennis, boxing, football among others.  

Addressing the leaders of various national sports associations on Tuesday, the Sports State Minister, Charles Bakkabulindi, said they were unable to convene the forum for the last five years because the National Council of Sports had to address other priorities.         

Bakkabulindi reminded the leaders of the sports associations and federation about the objectives of the forum, which among others include recommending strategies for developing sports, advising the minister on the nature of support for various sports and assisting NCS in planning for sports.   

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He however, cautioned the leaders against proposing unrealistic strategies, saying that not all problems should be reported to him since they can be resolved by the National Council of Sports.   

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Some of the issues raised by association heads include funding disparities, the need for better communication channels and tax waivers for sports equipment for various associations.         

The President of Hockey Association, Lydia Glorius Dhamuzungu appealed to the minister to consider fronting tax waivers for sports equipment. 

For instance, she said the association was being given equipment worth 1,000 Euros (approximately Shillings 4.2 million) but Uganda Revenue Authority will only release the equipment upon tax payment.  

    

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Dhamuzungu told Uganda Radio Network that it is very costly to cater for the national hockey teams without support from government.

 

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The President Uganda Boxing Federation, Moses Muhangi and President Table Tennis Association, Robert Jaggwe and Moses Magogo, the President Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) commended Bakkabulindi and the NCS for holding the first meeting of the forum, saying it will provide a platform for leaders to exchange ideas on how best to develop sports.      

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The next forum meeting will be held in August with responses from Bakkabulindi, Ministry of education officials and NCS on the recommendations of the association heads. 

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