Nile Special / USPA Sports Personality for September 2015:
- Winner: Ivan Byekwaso (685 Votes)
- Runners Up: Edwin Ekiring (465 Votes)
Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has voted body builder, Ivan Byekwaso as the Nile Special/ USPA best sports personality for the month of September 2015.
The sports journalists made the decision during a poll when the body builder, who has just won the title of ‘Mr Universe’ tallied 685 votes to badminton ace, Edwin Ekiring’s 465 votes.
This was during the body’s monthly meeting held at Imperial Royale Hotel (Kampala), Scarlet Hall on Monday, 5th October 2015.
The motion that nominated ‘Mr Universe’ was forwarded by Leone Ssenyange backed by Aisha Nakato.
Byekwaso, 37, won the 67th edition of the global event held at the Zach Topfer theatre in South Lamar, Austin Texas State, United States of America.
He beat close to 120 competitors in the 178cm men natural body building and fitness event.
Ekiringi, who participated in three different events in September, winning medals in each was nominated by Clive Kyazze, seconded by veteran Andrew Patrick Luwandagga.
Before the voting exercise, the sports journalists were taken through a one hour special lecture on financial management by the renown motivational and empowering speaker, Aggrey Ashaba.
The sports journalists also commended other sports excelling personalities in the month.
Ssingo ssaza and Mbogo were hailed for their championship credentials in the Buganda Masaza and Clan tournaments respectively.
Boxer, Kennedy Katende won the nod of the sports writers, TV and radio presenters for winning Uganda a bronze medal in the heavy weight category at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
Karate player, Isa Ofubo, too was commended after overcoming Joshua Onyango in a title fight held in Mbale on September 14th 2015.
USPA president, Sabiti Muwanga used the plat form to send a message to the Uganda body building federation;
“I am happy for Ivan Byekwaso. As an individual, he has excelled but i urge the federation to build structurtes for the game to produce more Byekwaso’s. Last year, as we voted for the best sports personality of the year per discipline, we omitted body building because the federation was not in the right order. I believe they can inspire more youngsters” Muwanga called.
USPA will announce a date of crowning Byekwaso at a dinner.