Museveni Flags Off Olympic Team

President Yoweri Museveni officially flagged off a contingent of 21 athletes heading to Rio De Janeiro, and Brazil for the ongoing 2016 Olympics at a ceremony in State House, store Entebbe on Saturday.

The president had just returned from Addis Ababa Ethiopia and was accompanied by the first lady who doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Museveni.

The minister thanked the sportsmen for their dedication.

”We are proud that you will represent the country and the fact that this year, we have a bigger number than before,” Mrs. Museveni said.

She added, “I hope you have practiced enough and will bring back medals for Uganda. As a country, we shall stay behind praying for you as you raise Uganda’s flag internationally in the sports arena.

The team Manager, Domenic Otucet revealed to the president that the country has fielded two in boxing, two in swimming and 17 in athletics.

Four values.

The president explained values of sport to the country and the athletes as individuals.

“Sports has four values both to an individual and to the nation,” he said. “It promotes body fitness, entertainment, training of characters and bringing fame to the  country- like John Akii Abua.”

“Others use entertainment by singing but you as the sports people entertain by display where people see you.”

He further emphasized discipline in order for one to succeed stressed on need to avoid alcohol and prostitution.

“You must observe discipline because discipline in sports is not compatible with alcohol and umalaya. You may end up being sick and a patient instead of being a runner.”


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