STATE minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi has saluted Ndejje University for upgrading its sports facilities and said government would support them by improving the teaching of physical education in secondary schools so they get well groomed talent.
Bakkabulindi praised Ndejjeâ€™s efforts while inspecting the facility together with National Council of Sports and university sports administrators early this week.
â€œGovernment has started to recognise sports and as we talk now all secondary schools have started teaching physical education which is aimed at promoting sports in the country, also, we introduced a sports department in the ministry,â€ the minister said.
The universityâ€™s vice chancellor Dr. Michael Senyimba asked government to help private universities to develop their sports facilities. Ndejje is a private institution.
â€œOur sports budget is sh100m but the swimming pool under construction shall cost over sh200m. Our university has a potential of developing even better but our budget is still small, we therefore call upon government to also support private universities because they also play a big role in the countryâ€™s sports arena,â€ said Senyimba.
The institution can now hold football, basketball, volleyball, netball, rugby and athletics competitions.
â€œIn Uganda people still think that stadiums are only for football, this is very wrong. Even in developed countries like South Africa stadiums are used for other activities to generate income that can sustain the stadia,â€ added Bakkabulindi.
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