FIRST LADY WISHES UGANDAN COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAMS ALL THE BEST
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has wished the very best to the 70 athletes representing Uganda at the 21st Commonwealth Games to be held at the Gold Coast in Australia in April 2018.
The First Lady was meeting the Australian Deputy High Commissioner H.E Jonathan Ball plus officials from the Ugandan Commonwealth Games Association, Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports who paid a courtesy call on her at State House Nakasero on Monday. The meeting held on 12th March which is the Commonwealth Day was also attended by the State Minister for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi and senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Mrs. Museveni pointed out that these days Uganda has not been doing badly in sports disciplines and said it is her prayer that all the teams representing the country at the Commonwealth Games also excel and win medals that will do Uganda proud. “It is our hope that Uganda will return home with a good haul of medals from Australia”, she said.
She hailed the relationship between Australia and Uganda in the field of sports and requested for further cooperation especially in the area of skills development which she said the country is focusing on to ensure that Ugandans can also ably compete in the global labour market. She said Education in Uganda has been focusing on white collar jobs but now we want to emphasize skills development and therefore we need trainers with the expertise who can come from countries like Australia to train our people. “We can’t continue to import people with skills to come and work in our industries”, she said.
H.E Jonathan Ball said they are happy that Australia is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the second time in the last 12 years. He acknowledged that Uganda has got a good record of medals from Australia as evidenced in the 2006 Commonwealth Games hosted in Melbourne.
He appreciated the many Ugandans who converged at Gems International School in Luzira to celebrate the Commonwealth Day and also thanked the Commonwealth Games Association of Uganda for organizing the function.
The Minister of State for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi, who will be leading the Uganda delegation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, appreciated the Australian Government for its support it accorded the Ugandan Team during its preparations for the games.
The Uganda Olympic Committee Vice President Beatrice Ayikoru said Uganda is sending a contingent of 70 athletes to this year’s games and these are in the eleven (11) disciplines of Athletics, Swimming, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Netball, Rugby, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis and Weight Lifting. She said of these 28 are female.
“It is a good team and we have hope that we will come back with many more medals than the 3 won by Uganda in Glasgow in 2014”, Ayikoru said.
Uganda Olympic Committee President William Blick informed the First Lady that under the Commonwealth Games programme schools are also twinned with counterpart schools across the Commonwealth. He said St. Mary’s College Kisubi and Gayaza High School are among those schools.