Police disarm Prisons in Inter-forces Championships
Johnson Were
Journalist @New Vision

Results in Medals

Police 13

Prisons 11


UWA 6 

Defending their title in the 17th edition of the Inter-Forces Games and Championships 2023 on their home turf was a top priority for the Uganda Police. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police and Sports officer, Abu Kalule noted this to Vision Sport after his team emerged the overall winners of the 16th edition of the game held at Mweya, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese District.

Police collected 13 medals, two ahead of defending champions Uganda Prisons Service (11) who came second, while Uganda People’s Defence forces and hosts Uganda Wildlife Authority finished third and fourth with nine and six medals respectively. 

They collected seven gold, four silver, and two bronze medals to win the overall title.  

Kalule said the games have helped them identify which areas to address and improve on and they intend to recruit more athletes to beef up the team. 

“We beat all our opponents to win the title on merit, but that does not mean we are in a comfortable seat. We are going to recruit and prepare for next year,” Kalule said.

“In the areas, we lost narrowly, we are going to address the cause and come up stronger in the next games.” 

Police who will be hosting next year’s edition won medals in shooting, athletics women, handball men and women, football, and Taekwondo men and women. 

The Inter-Forces Games and Championships returned this year after two years of no-show following the Covid- 19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. 

The games that commenced on September 19 with athletics at Bombo Barracks had Uganda Prisons take an early lead after winning athletics with 35 medals, five head of Police (30) as UWA (13) and UPDF (6) came third and fourth respectively. 

The men in uniform competed in Shooting, football, Netball, athletics, handball, taekwondo, and darts. 

Jimmy Mugisa, the UWA Director of Finance and Administration who represented the executive director said that the games must be a platform for the forces’ cooperation and teamwork as they exercise their duties. 

The minister for defense and veteran affairs, Vicent Bamulangaki Ssempijja who was the chief guest said that such galas should be used as an avenue for professional development of sportsmen, promotion of healthy living, teamwork, and staff discipline as well as a tool for promotion of conservation and institutional visibility. 

He noted the need for more government.  

“I have today realised the need for government to increase the support of sports activities within the forces financially,” Ssempijja said.


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