Parliament has Wednesday recognized and honored athlete David Emong, who won a gold medal at the recent 2017 World Para athletics championships in London.
Emong won the 1500 meter race becoming the first Ugandan ever to win a gold medal in the Para games; also going a notch higher above the silver medal he won at the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro last year.
Emong beat off competition from Algeria’s Samir Nouvioa to cross the line first in the men’s 1500m T46 clocking 3:58:36 which is his personal best.
The motion to pay tribute to Emong was tabled by Kyoga County legislator, Anthony Okello commending the National Council of Sports, the coach of Uganda Prisons, Bank of Uganda and Lango Parliamentary Group for supporting the gold medalist.
“Emong has demonstrated that sports can help reduce stigma and discrimination associated with disability, and that persons without disability can interact with PWDS in a positive context,” Okello said.
Okello urged government and stakeholders to support Emong as much as possible to win more medals and also break the para athlete world record.
The motion was seconded by the representative for Persons with Disabilities Helen Asamo who said that parliament should also give a financial contribution to Emong like it has done in the past for the national football and netball teams.
Kitgum MP Beatrice Anywar said that Parliament should not just give handouts but come up with mechanisms to reward great performers in various aspects including sports.
Parliament thus resolved to honor the achievements of Emong in form of a house and a car.
The house also resolved that government should allocate more funding to the sports subsector of the Ministry of Education and Sports.