Athletics star Julius Achon is ready to join Parliament in a bid to represent issues in sport as a way to improve its state in Uganda.
The 1994 World Junior Athletics Championship 1500m gold medalist claimed his first on road to the house with a win in the NRM primaries in Otuke County on Tuesday.
Achon beat four opponents to the party’s card and will later be up for another election battle against other parties on who will make the Member of Parliament.
From way back, Sports has been one of the overlooked sectors of the government in terms of funding, and Achon believes something can be done.
“Nowadays it has become a habit for all national teams to run to President Museveni for help whenever they are travelling. I think we can do better than this,” Achon told Daily Monitor.
“Instead of waiting for the President’s help all the time, we should lobby for more sustainable government financial assistance to federations.
“Parliament will also be a platform for me to reach out to local and international corporate bodies to come and support our struggling sector,” he added.
Achon is not the first Athlete to head get onto the politics track. Dorcus Inzikuru also made an identical decision when she opted to pick nomination forms to represent the youth of Northern Uganda in Parliament in late August this year.