He will now fly back to the US to prepare for the world championships and also compete in the Arnold Classic and the American Power Lifting Association championships
Uganda powerlifter Roy Mubiru will now prepare and compete in the 2019 World Powerlifting Association (WPA) 2019 World Cup in Lutsk, Ukraine in May with a settled mind after he got an $8000 (sh29m) offer from President Yoweri Museveni.
The President made the offer on Wednesday in Kiboga as he attended the Kiboga district youth mindset change workshop where Mubiru presented him with the medal he won at the 32nd Annual Bay State Open Championships – Fitchburg Gym, Massachusetts last year.
“I’m out of words after meeting the President, something I have been dreaming about since I embarked on my powerlifting career way back in 2008,” Mubiru said.
Mubiru’s manager Frank Kaheesi also welcomed the president’s offer saying: “It’s a good gesture from the president, our cardinal desire in meeting him was to see that he can support the youth through powerlifting with the provision of training equipment, gyms, and of course offering support to their self-help projects.” Kaheesi doubles as the communication director for RM Powerlifting and Crossfit Club.
Mubiru will now fly back to the US to prepare for the world championships and also compete in the Arnold Classic and the American Power Lifting Association championships in New Jersey, next month.
Recently, Mubiru was appointed as director of the American Powerlifting Association (APA) in Africa and was nominated as a member to the World Powerlifting Association (WPA) board.
He will head businesses of powerlifting at the continental level and sanction events on behalf of the world body.
At the world cup, he faces off with athletes from Ukraine, Iran, Poland, Finland, Armenia, Canada, France, Slovenia, Germany, Slovak, Italy and Serbia have been confirmed for the championship.
Other musclemen will come from Turkey, Russia, USA, Hungary, Georgia, Great Britain, Belarus and Uganda.