Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah promises the federation support.
Uganda will host the Africa Junior Chess Championship in December and are currently seeking funding for that and several other events on the Uganda Chess Federation calendar.
And a visit to parliament last week left them excited with Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah promising them support. He caught the Chess bug and cannot wait to play the game after meeting some of Uganda’s finest players.
After presenting the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) team that included president Emmanuel Mwaka, Buwule and top chess players; Peace Naomi Nabuyondo, Maria Nakanyike, Peninah Nakabo and Arthur Ssegwanyi to parliament, the speaker promised more support to the federation.
Oulanyah immediately handpicked and assigned Uganda Fide Chess Instructor Augustine Buwule to teach him the game and any other members who will be interested.
According to Uganda Chess Federation president Emmanuel Mwaka they are now confident they will get all the necessary support needed for upcoming events following their visit.
“At the moment we are the most successful association with a continental championship, Africa team silver medalist and the youngest FIDE woman candidate chess master; so we also requested to meet the president and our line minister Janet Museveni so that we can present our plight,” Mwaka stated.
“It is parliament that apportions money to the different ministries so we are hopeful we shall get support. We have never failed to travel to all these international events but whenever we go and win medals it is the country’s flag that we raise, so we wanted to bring it to his attention that we need more support for all the upcoming events,” Mwaka noted.
The UCF is looking for funding for the World Amateur Championships in Italy, April 21, Africa Individual Chess Championships in South Africa in June, the World Schools Championship in Albania and the 43rd FIDE Olympiad in Georgia, September 23-October 7.