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USPA set to mark fifty years

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 8th April 2019 07:42 AM

Cheptegei made history recently in Denmark by becoming the first Ugandan to win gold at the IAAF World Cross Country.

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Cheptegei after receiving his award. PHOTOS: Ricahrd Sanya

Cheptegei made history recently in Denmark by becoming the first Ugandan to win gold at the IAAF World Cross Country.

When the confetti finally settled down on the floor of the stage, there was one exceptional athlete. A smile of a choirboy on his face and the 2018 USPA personality award in his clutches, Joshua Cheptegei!
 
A special crowning moment that surely left the Friday night audience at Imperial Royale Hotel in rather suspended animation. For Cheptegei, he literally ran to the stage to collect his accolade.
 
The big call for Ugandans to embrace sports was a central message throughout the entire night event.
 
“I hope more Ugandans can learn from me and all that I have achieved. Sport should be seen as a big industry. I feel humbled upon receiving such recognition”  he said.
 

 Cheptegei giving a speech after receiving his award

Cheptegei made history recently in Denmark by becoming the first Ugandan to win gold at the IAAF World Cross Country. He beat seasoned stars Philip Wokorach, Lilian Ajio, and Dennis Onyango.

A double gold medalist at last year’s Commonwealth games added onto his feats means necessitated another award in male athlete of the year at the glamorous ceremony.
 
Onyango and Wokorach in absentia, however, won elsewhere. The former guided Uganda Cranes to the 2019 AFCON finals due in Egypt to win male footballer of the year.
 
Wokorach who remains such a consistent rugby player alongside Emily Lekuru won the best male and female players respectively.
 

 USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi on phone

  FMU president Dusman Okee and  Salim Uhuru share a light moment 

Stella Chesang who won gold in the 10000m at the Gold Coast Commonwealth games deservingly clinched female athlete of the year.
 
 Meanwhile, this particular gale presented a fair bit of firsts with the inaugural fan favourite award creating a special engagement with fans who voted Phillip Wokorach.
 
Interestingly, it is hard to ignore the glitz and glamour at the event with title sponsors Nile Special, USPA, Standard Chartered Bank taking the plaudits. Guitarist Myco Ouma and Joseph Sax music were irresistible as Lydia Jazmine worked the crowd.
 
“We are indebted to our sponsors who have fueled our ambitions with Nile Special staying on board for a long time”, said Patrick Kanyomozi, USPA President. Charles Bakkabulindi, state minister for education and sports, businessman Charlie Lubega, Henry Ssekabembe (Buganda sports minister) were some of the big wigs at the meet.
 

 FMU president Dusman Okee has a little moment with ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze and Sports Minister Charles Bakkabulindi as Buganda minister for youth, Henry Kiberu Sekabembe looks on 

 Stella Chesang receives her Female Athlete of the Year award from Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing Manager Cynthia Mpanga as Brussels Airline's Catherine Pauline Lutaaya looks on 

Ben Misagga (Nyamityobora FC and Agrey  Ashaba KCCA, Martin Ondeko (UCA) were some of the sports administrators present.
 
Frank Tumwebaze who represented the First lady Janet Museveni expressed that sports define health and employment urging sports people to make known their demands to the government which is willing to help.
 
With USPA set to mark fifty years next year, its significance and authority on local sport grows deeper.
 
USPA Gala
 
Venue: Imperial Royale Hotel
 
Sports Personality of the year
 
Legendary award
 
John Oduke
 
Team of the year
 
She Cranes
 
Best run federation
 
FUFA
 
Best Sports event
 
2018 Africa Para-badminton
 
Fans choice
 
Phillip Wokorach
 
Best Male footballer
 
Dennis Onyango
 
Best Female footballer
 
Ruth Aturo
 
Best male athlete
 
Joshua Cheptegei
 
Best Female athlete
 
Stella Chesang
 
Best Male Rugby player
 
Phillip Wokorach
 
Best Female Rugby player
 
Emily Lekuru
 
Best male Badminton player
 
Brian Kasirye
 
Best Female Badminton player
 
Husnah Kobugabe
 
Best bodybuilder
 
Isaac Mubikirwa
 
Best Male golfer
 
Ronald Otile
 
Best female golfer
 
Eva Magala
 
Best boxer
 
Juma Miiro
 
Motorsport Crew
 
Susan Muwonge & Edmond Kyeyune
 
Best male basketballer
 
Jimmy Enabu
 
Best female basketballer
 
Jamila Nansikombi
 
Best male cricketer
 
Riazat Shah
 
Best female cricketer
 
Imaculate Nakisuuyi
 
Best kickboxer
 
Patricia Apolot
 
Best male handball player
 
Francis Ongom
 
Best female handball player
 
Sara Nanyanzi
 
Best weightlifter
 
Hamdan Ssemwanga Lutaaya
 
Best male pool player
 
Mansoor Bwanika
 
Best female pool player
 
Rita Nimusiima
 
Best netballer
 
Lillian Ajio
 
Best male karateka
 
William Birimuye
 
Best female karateka
 
Carol Pulkol
 
Best male chess player
 
Arthur Ssegwanyi
 
Best female chess player
 
Peninah Nakabo
 
Best Tennis player
 
Boris Aguma
 
Best male hockey player
 
Colins Batuusa
 
Best female hockey player
 
Doreen Mbabazi
 
Best male woodball player
 
Watson Mugume
 
Best female woodball player
 
Denise Nanjeru
 
Best  male volleyball player
 
Smith Okumu
 
Best female volleyball player
 
Habiba Namala
 
Best Ludo player
 
Rose Nsereko
 
Best male darts player
 
Eddy Baguma
 
Best female darts player
 
Harriet Akot
 
 

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