By Johnson Were
Former national boxing team coach Tom Kawere has urged government to develop and renovate the existing sports facilities to use as free training centres instead of selling them off to investors who set up shopping malls.
Kawere made the appeal in interview with the New Vision at his residence in Rubaga, saying that nothing promotes tourism in the country better than sports and called on government to stop the sale of Nakivubo stadium.
“Nakivubo was built by the colonialists after the World War to promote sports in the country and realy sports grew producing the Obua’s, Ayiekos, Musenze in soccer, myself, Grace Peter Sseruwagi, Rwabogo and many others so selling it off now is being greedy for money,” the aging boxer stated.
Kawere’s call comes amidst the influx of shopping malls on the land that belonged to the Stadium.
Kawere explained that Nakivubo was for all sports associations and the government should have constructed netball, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts in vacant space available instead of shopping malls.
“The sale of the Nakivubo is going to kill sports further. All schools in Kampala have no sports grounds and Nakivubo would have filled that gap as free training area for all to promote talents,” Kawere added.
He also urged federation heads to focus on talent identification instead of turning the sport into money making business for the personal benefits.