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Parliament Honours Commonwealth Games Team

Members of Parliament today honored members of the Uganda team that took part at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia
Joshua Cheptegei

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Members of Parliament have today honored members of the Uganda team that took part at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia

Uganda returned home with 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and two bronze medals. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei got two gold medals for winning the 5,000 and 10,000 meters race, while Stella Chesang got gold in the womens 10,000m and Mercyline Chelangat got bronze in the same race.

Solomon Munyo Mutai picked a silver medal in marathon', and boxer Juma Miiro won bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.

During the afternoon session, the MPs appealed to the Government to consider rehabilitating the defunct sports facilities in the country, like the John Akii Bua stadium in Lango, the Inzikuru stadium in West Nile, and the Mandela National stadium, Namboole.

The Akii Bua stadium was established in memory of Akii Bua who won Olympic gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. In 2010, President Museveni promised the region it would establish a new facility but in vain. Barifa Sports grounds, later renamed Dorcus Inzikuru Stadium in West Nile remains in ruins. The stadium was meant to befit the status of the thee former 3000m steeplechase world champion Inzikuru.

Denis Hamsom Obua, the Ajuri County MP who moved a motion to honor the athletes said the entire plan of Namboole stadium was not complete, as it needs indoor facilities like Netball, Basketball, Tennis, Boxing, Handball among others. He says since the initial funders of the stadium are no longer taking on the stadium, Government should now come in.

Obua also said Ugandan athletes lack training facilities.

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Anita Among , the Bukedea Woman MP appealed to Government to increase funding to the sports sector, and also help in identifying talent.

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Lucy Akello, the Amuru Woman MP called on the establishment of a wall of fame for the athletes.

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Uganda sent a team of 69 athletes who participated in track and field events, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming, Boxing, Weightlifting, Shooting and Cycling. 

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