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2011 election fever grips sports fraternity

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th February 2011 03:00 AM

PRESIDENTIAL and Parliamentary elections have overwhelmingly dominated the national agenda, to the extent of compelling sports activities to take a break.

By DOUGLAS MAZUNE

PRESIDENTIAL and Parliamentary elections have overwhelmingly dominated the national agenda, to the extent of compelling sports activities to take a break.

To comply with the prevailing situation, ongoing sports competitions have been postponed to allow citizens participate in the polls due this Friday.

The Uganda Super League, the Nile Special Premier Rugby League and Uganda Golf Union tournaments have been rescheduled due to the elections.

The majority of other sports disciplines planned their 2011 activities to start after the February 18 elections.
Rugby manager Yayiro Kasasa announced last weekend that all games originally slated for this weekend had been postponed to next week.

Heathens coach Brian Tabaruka later welcomed the decision. Heathens were due to face rivals Kobs.

“It will give our players enough time to rest after last weekend’s hard game away against Entebbe Mongers. Otherwise it makes no difference in terms of advantage because we have always been prepared for any team,” Tabaruka stated.

Nile, Makerere Impis, Buffaloes and Rhinos have had their games rescheduled as well. The reserves league will be off as well.

The Uganda Golf Union 2011 calendar was originally set to start with the Western Open in Fort Portal last weekend which was called off. The Seniors’ tournament that was supposed to be held this Saturday at Uganda Golf Club is off as well.

UGU secretary Johnson Omollo explained that the elections would have an affect on the attendance at the tournament.

“We can hardly play golf in the current political environment. People are preoccupied with preparations to elect their leaders and they need to be given time,” Omollo stated.

In soccer, the Uganda Super League was pushed to February 22.

2011 election fever grips sports fraternity

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