“The Uganda Athletics Federation had earlier selected a national team of eight athletes (4 women/4 men) during the recent 2021 National Mountain Running Championships in Kapchorwa (Sept 25, 2021) to compete in nations 19.5km course due to be held on October 31, 2021, in Chiavenna, Italy,” Mawerere confirmed.
Uganda's star athlete, joshua Chetegei. Courtesy Picture
Uganda will not participate in the inaugural World Mountain Running
Nations Cup owing to financial constraints, the Uganda Athletics Federation- UAF has confirmed. UAF becomes the latest sporting body in the country to expose funding challenges.
The athletics Federation had earlier expressed interest in taking part in the championship. The UAF publicity secretary Namayo Mawerere has confirmed the team’s withdrawal from the competition even after selecting a
team of eight athletes that were supposed to represent the country.
“The Uganda Athletics Federation had earlier
selected a national team of eight athletes (4 women/4 men) during the recent
2021 National Mountain Running Championships in Kapchorwa (Sept 25, 2021) to
compete in nations
19.5km course due to be held on October 31, 2021, in Chiavenna, Italy,” Mawerere
According to Mawerere, Uganda has been impeccable
in the previous editions of the
World Mountain Running Championships from 2008-2018 winning 6 gold medals, 5 silver, 6 bronze at the men’s
individual level and a gold
medal in the women category respectively.
This is however not the first sports federation in the country to
experience financial challenges. In July this year, the Uganda Women’s
Basketball team, The Gazelles withdrew from the FIBA Afrobasket Zone five
qualifiers in Kigali after the governing body –FUBA failed to secure funding to facilitate them.
Men's basketball team, Silverbacks also faced familiar challenges in the
Afrobasket finals in Rwanda. It took the intervention of Lt
General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of Land
Forces to plead with the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataha Museveni
to secure funding for the team to cater for their expenses in Rwanda’s capital,
Apparently, several sports Federations have already cried out about the low sports funding by the government, which they say doesn’t favour
the development of sports in the country. The
sports sub-sector receives Shillings 17.4
billion. Of this, Shillings 10billion
is ring-fenced for football meaning that over 50 other sports federations share the
remaining Shillings 8
council of sports had earlier indicated that it needed over Shillings 196 billion
to effectively fund all the associations under it. The council commands
over 50 different sporting activities.