The Parliamentary Committee on Education and Sports has this morning heaped all praise on Uganda’s sole gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics Stephen Kiprotich.
The legislators lead by their chairperson and Mityana Woman MP, Silvia Namabidde, congratulated Kiprotich on the big achievement which has seen Uganda win an Olympic gold medal after 40 years. The late John Akii Bua was the first athlete to win Uganda a gold medal in Olympics way back in 1972 in Munich.
Namabidde said that Kiprotich’s feat was a big achievement on which he should be congratulated along with the people concerned including the Ministry of Education and Sports for working hard to achieve it.
The Committee was meeting members of the Education and Sports Ministry including the Minister Jessica Alupo, Sports State Minister Charles Bakkabulindi, State Minister for Primary Education Kamanda Bataringaya and State Minister for Higher Education John Muyingo and Commissioners.
Kalungu West MP Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu said the gold was a big achievement for Uganda and the athletes should be rewarded.
When URN spoke to the State Minister for Sports Bakkabulindi before he entered the Committee room, he was a happy man and said they need more funding and planning to achieve more.
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Kiprotich beat his archrivals from Kenya Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang to win the marathon gold medal in London on Sunday.
Uganda’s other athletes who made the 16 man team included Moses Ndiema Kipsiro, Benjamin Kiplagat, Janet Achola, Jane Suuto, Stephen, Jacob Araptany, Geoffrey Kusuro, Abraham Kiplimo, Julius Mutekanga, Thomas Ayeko, Dorcus Inzikuru for athletics, Jamila Lunkuse, Ganzi Mugula for swimming, Charles Ssekyaya for weightlifting and only badminton player Edwin Ekiring.