Sports and Games may entail all co-curricular activities that go with talent nurturing and potential especially in disciplines like football, netball, handball, beach soccer, rugby, basketball, cricket, golf, athletics, boxing /kick boxing, motor rallying, among others. In most developed countries, Sports is one of the major contributors to the national economy.
Sports in Uganda and its potential:
In Uganda, sports sector is steadily growing amidst serious challenges including underfunding, inadequate infrastructure, governance issues. It is said that in a country where 78 per cent of the population is under 30 years, it makes a lot of sense to invest optimally in the development of sports given that this is becoming an industry that can actually gainfully employ thousands of the youths.
Legislation and Policy
Our 1964 National Council of Sports Act, which is still the law in force, is viewed as obsolete and therefore insufficient. There have been efforts to enact a new law but the process has rather been too slow. Uganda has no Sports Policy in place. One wonders what is informing our attempts to legislate for sports without a sports policy!
It is only in Uganda that federations undertake these costs while presenting national teams and athletes to compete internationally carrying the Ugandan flag. Where support has been provided, it is inadequate, late and unpredictable.
Some Ugandans have argued that since the required investment is huge, sports planners need to leverage the blossoming private sector to push for tax breaks for companies that demonstrate commitment to sports development. Government should as well consider taxes on donated development equipment for sports.
To identify and build the capacity of young sportspersons most of whom are buried up in the rural areas, there is need to invest in some low cost sports activities at the grassroots and regional levels where such upcoming sportsmen/women can easily be identified and supported.
At a glance:
From crumbling stadiums to corruption and declining interests in Africa’s own teams in favour of flashy European sides, there is a great deal of work to do to restore the past. Inevitably, Africa receives most favoured status and this has been reflected in the increase in World Cup places. While African football has come of age, with the continents’ stars now household names, the players’ success can be attributed to their individual efforts to make it rather than to any deliberate effort by African football to develop the game. Across much of the continent, the game’s infrastructure is crumbling due to corruption, lack of investment and neglect.