The presidents of the three newly approved sports associations (holding their certificates) with NCS's David Ssemakula Katende. (Photo: David Isabirye)
The presidents of the three newly approved sports associations (holding their certificates) with NCS’s David Ssemakula Katende. (Photo: David Isabirye)

The National Council of Sports (NCS) admitted three more sports associations, according them with certificates.

The newly admitted sports associations include American Football, Climbing Sport and Kabaddi.

These were officially handed over their certificates at the headquarters of the National Council of Sports found in Lugogo, Kampala on Thursday, 7th February 2019

This takes the total number of sports associations and federations to 48.

Assistant general secretary at NCS, David Ssemakula Katende graced the brief ceremony of handing over the certificates.

Flanked by the head of legal and compliance, Shaddy Nakamanya, Katende urged the newly founded associations to get to business immediately.

This certificate is just the beginning of the journey. It is not an individual certificate, it belongs to the whole association and use it well. Please make use of this mandate you have been granted. We now have 48 national recognized associations in the country.

Richard Assimwe McBond (left) gets the Climbing Sport Certificate from NCS’ David Katende. (Photo: David Isabirye)

Richard Assimwe McBond, the president of the Climbing Sports Association expressed gratitude for the certificate that now guarantees and officially endorses their activities in Uganda.

We are privileged to have this certificate. The climbing sport has been existing since 2016. Uganda is the few African countries where the sport is. The other countries are; South Africa, Rwanda, Morocco, Algeria and Namibia. The climbing sport takes two versions; indoor on the walls and outdoor in the stones. Our head offices are found at the Back Packers in Mengo, Kampala.

Richard Assimwe Mcbond, President of Uganda Climbing Sport Association
Richard McBond Assimwe holds the Climbing sport certificate. (Photo: David Isabirye)

Jacob Kato, the president of the Kabaddi Association was equally ecstatic about this feat.

The Kabaddi sport is interesting and many Ugandans will love the sport. It is an out-door sport where there are 6 players and one tackler playing on a carpet in an area of 10 X 6 metres. The Kabaddi sport has been played in Uganda since 2017. It has a combination of other disciplines. Getting the certificate is a big milestone towards the legality of the sport operations. Our head offices are in Mulago, Kampala.

Jacob Kato, Uganda Kabaddi Association President
Kabaddi Association get their certificate (Photo: David Isabirye)

Steven George Okeng, the president of the Uganda American Football Association tagged the acquisition of the certificate as a big milestone for this baby association.

Getting a certificate is a big step forward towards the growth of Uganda American Football Association. We now expect more support from the National Council of Sports. We have started this sport in many secondary schools, international schools and universities as a strategy of tapping talent from the grassroots. In April 2019, we expect an experienced National Football League (NFL) player, Mathias Kiwanuka (former New York Giants player) to visit Uganda and share skills as well as his experiences as an American football player. Our headquarters are located along Mawanda Road, Kamwokya in Kampala with a training ground at Kabanyolo, in Gayaza.

Steven George Okeng, Uganda American Football Association President
George Okeng, President of America Football Association (left) gets the certificate from NCS’ David Katende. (Photo: David Isabirye)

Some of the International schools already enrolled for America football include Galaxy International, Rainbow and Acorns.

The universities on board are; Gulu, Kyambogo and Lira will advanced talks to bring Makerere University in ripe stages.

By and large, Uganda now has 48 sports associations and federations all mandated by the National Council of Sports (NCS), the Government supreme body to supervise, run  and ensure the smooth transition of sports in the country.

National Council of Sports officials (standing) and some of the journalists witnessing the certificate hand over ceremony. (Photo: David Isabirye)

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

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