Rowing gets sh205m IOC grant

By Johnson Were

Added 23rd July 2017 12:01 PM

“We are excited to see that Uganda sells itself on the world map."

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PIC: FISA expert Sarah McQuade addresses the media about the cause and benefits of the workshops. Looking on, from left: URF president Hamza Kahwa, UOC vice president Ambrose Tashobya, UOC board member Shiela Agonzibwe and FISA expert Rachel Adams. (Credit: Johnson Were)


Uganda Rowing Federation (URF) has acquired a $57000 (sh205m) grant from the International Olympic Committee.

A two-year development project started this year with the formation of the local federation's strategic plan and there after its implementation.

“We are excited to see that Uganda sells itself on the world map and we are here to offer our expertise in development of the sport,” said Sarah McQuade, an expert at world rowing governing body FISA.

This was at a press briefing in Kampala.

Uganda Olympic Committee vice president Ambrose Tashobya urged the rowing fraternity to be united and work towards the development of the sport.

“At the end of this project we want to see rowing vibrant in the country with sustainable structures that will give results,” he said.

On his part, URF president Hamza Kahwa promised to put the grant to good use and grow the sport further.

“We are committed to developing the sport. Rowing is an expensive sport but such support from the international body will help us spread it further outside Kampala,” he said.

He added that such development projects are for one federation a year and as UOC, they have applied for another grant for another federation next year.


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