Uganda Swimming Federation boss Don Rukare, has said swimming in the region faces strong challenges if its leaders don’t look to corporate sponsorship and help from government for the sport to develop.
“Swimming in this region and in this country cannot be developed if we don’t seek sponsorship from corporate companies and support from government,” Rukare, made these remarks at the end of the Uganda Invitational Regional Championship on Sunday. “USF had to dig deep to organise this invitational though we sought sponsorship from our friends to pull up this tournament.”
The local swimming federation had invited all the regional neighbours that is Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda,but only two nations honoured the invitation with Kenya opting out due to lack of funds to send a team.
Uganda won the invitational for a second year running with Tanzania finishing second and Rwanda coming third.
“The region has potential to produce great swimmers, but we lack funding and we also lack facilities to run our activities,” Rukare lamented. “The problems we are facing here and not only affecting us, but our neighbours too.”
Uganda is expected host the CANA Zone V swimming championships in 2014 and the USF has already started looking for sponsorship for the major swimming event.