Uganda Woodball Federation (UWbF) president Paul Kayongo says his team is now more than committed to launch their continental tour as they strive to develop the sport in other countries in a bid to increase the level of competition.
Kayongo made the remarks after receiving the certificate that affiliates UWbF to National Council of Sports (NCS) during the national team’s luncheon and medal parading hosted at Shanghai Restaurant in Kampala.
“We were assigned by the international body IWbF to spread the game in Africa but we couldn’t do so because it would seem as if we were going against our heads NCS and the government,” he said.
“We have been assured some financial assistance from IWbF and we just need to execute the tour programs now that we have been confirmed as a recognized sports body and in this will increase the level of completion,” Kayongo added.
Uganda is currently the only country in Africa that plays woodball.
At the luncheon, State Minister of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi commended the woodball team for their tremendous performance at the 7th World Cup and the 5th Korean Open that ended last month in Jeju, South Korea.
He also appealed to other local sports bodies to emulate the way UWbF carries out their duties with no wrangles.
In Jeju, the Ugandan side failed to win medals at the World Cup but later Zawedde consolidated herself at the Korea Open with a bronze medal in the women’s singles before pairing with Onesmus Atamba to win gold in the mixed doubles.