Commonwealth Games: Athletes Decry Neglect


drug geneva;”>Drama erupted at a function where Uganda Olympic Committee was releasing the list of athletes who will be featuring in this year’s Games in Glasgow.

At the event, the Council disclosed that, out of Shs 186m received from government, it had dispatched resources to two sports federations which are boxing (Shs2m) and paralympic (Shs10m), causing murmurs in the room.

The revelation irked the athletes who said that they had not yet even received Shs500,000 that was budgeted for each athlete as training allowance just a fortnight to the games yet the council is busy making arrangements for participation.

Several athletes stood up to air their grievances to the council only to be silenced by the event moderator, Peter Lukale who said that it was against protocol.

The drama reached boiling point when Rugby Development Manager in the Rugby Federation, Jacob Bukenya stood up and wondered why the National Rugby Team was using borrowed funds to train while the council is sitting on the money that is supposed to be facilitating them.

In response, Nicolas Mulamagi who represented the council said it was reluctant to give funds to Sports Federations that are not registered.

This prompted an angry response from the Federations as one representative said this was underestimating the integrity of the federations that have served for a long time and later accused Mulamagi of just not being informed.

62 athletes will be representing Uganda together with 20 coaches, 10 mission staff and three ministry representatives at the Games that will be underway within two weeks in Scotland.

One journalist, however, wondered why the country was going to waste money in taking a team of half-baked athletes accompanying a group of tourists to Scotland suggesting that if the council was not ready to invest in the main assets (athletes) it would have opted out of the games and let the country to use the resources for other pressing issues.


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