Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) spent at least Ugx 1.9 billion for the year, 2015.

This was revealed by the UOC president, William Blick at a special press conference held at the body’s headquarters in Lugogo, Kampala on Wednesday.

The briefing was intended to highlight to the media about the wrap up of the UOC activities for the year, 2015 and a reflection to the highly anticipated Olympic year, 2016 ahead of the Rio De Janiero games in Brazil.

Flanked by the President, Uganda Table Tennis Association, William Jagwe, head of medical commission Robert Zavuga and Simon Mugabi, Blick noted that the 1.9 billion was channeled through the different commissions to execute the work of the Olympic committee.

2015 has been a great year for UOC. We have had a lot of successful programmes and activities many of which were for developing the strategic plan, contribution to national sports federations, technical course support of coaches, capacity building and outreach tasks through the different commissions. We spent at least Shs 1.9 billion to run all those tasks

Blick also torched into the UOC arrangements for the year yet to come and key on the agenda is to see the more participants qualify for Rio 2016 games.

At London 2012, we had 16 participants. Our target for Rio is 30 athletes representing Uganda. We are also on a programme to translate the IOC HIV/AIDS prevention manual into as many local languages as possible

How the Money was spent:

A lion’s share of the money ($140,000) was spent on commissions’ work.

Culture, Legacy and Olympic Commission parted with $30,000, Sport for All ($50,000), Women in Sport ($20,000), Sport and Environment ($20,000) and the Medical Commission ($20,000).

The sport for all Commission organized three activities; the fitness week, Together for HIV/AIDS prevention and the 2015 Olympic day celebrations.

Capacity building ran on a budget of $50,000 with activities in Gulu, Kampala and Mbale.

Another $100,000 was spent on the continental support programme for the team and athlete support grants.

The basketball women team to the All African Games was given $40,000 as the remaining $60,000 was channeled towards support of cyclists and players from Boxing, Swimming, Taekwondo, Badminton, Lawn Tennis and Athletes.

Tennis ace Duncan Mugabe and Jamila Lunkuse together with weight lifter Charles Sekyaaya received $51,000 for the Olympic qualification campaign.

UOC contribution to the local sports federations was $20,000, specifically to aid the officials attend international annual general assemblies for their parent bodies.

Nitty Gritty of UOC 2015 expenses in figures:

Culture, Legacy & Olympic Education Commission – $30,000

Sport for All Commission – $50,000

Women in Sport Commission – $20,000

Sport and Environment Commission – $20,000

Medical Commission – $20,000

Capacity Building – $50,000

Strategic Plan Development – $67,000

Olympic Qualification:

  • 3 Athletes (Duncan Mugabe, Jamila Lunkuse & Charles Ssekyaaya) – $51,000
  • Continental Support

–        Women Basketball Team – $40,000

–        Athlete Support Grant – $60,000

National Sports Federations Support – $20,000

Technical Courses for coaches

AIBA 1 Star & Table Tennis Coaching Courses – $23,000

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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