"When the Cranes won they received a bus from President Yoweri Museveni when it came to the She Cranes, it was Parliament that bought the bus"
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has urged the government to ensure women sport is supported equally as male sports.
Kadaga was speaking to golfers before officially teeing off the 5th edition of the East and Central Africa Regional Challenge Trophy tournament tees off at Entebbe Club on Wednesday.
“The attitude towards women sport should change because most of the time the ladies are not rewarded the same way even when they achieve at the same level,” Kadaga noted drawing examples from the Cranes and She Cranes.
“When the Cranes won they received a bus from President Yoweri Museveni when it came to the She Cranes, it was Parliament that bought the bus.
There is a need to break ground and identify ladies in the business community, speak to them and convince them to support women sport because companies find it easy to support men,” Kadaga argued.
“I think the National Council of Sports is about football and nothing else, but I will talk to the President about it because there are countries that have benefitted a lot by investing in sports. Some countries invest in their players and the results are obvious, so there is need to pull up our socks and give sport the right attention because we have a lot of talent that we need to exploit,” Kadaga stated.
Kadaga’s outrage was sparked by the absence of some teams that pulled out of the tournament due to financial constraints and after being urged by All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) president Monica Ntege to tell the government to invest more resources in the development of ladies golf.
Ntege urged the member countries to start fielding youth teams in upcoming competitions to ensure continuity and growth of the tournament that was started
Uganda represented by Irene Nakalembe, Peace Kabasweka, Martha Babirye and Gloria Mbaguta are taking on players from Kenya and Tanzania, defending champion Zambia having pulled out at the last minute.
Kenya is represented by Mercy Nyachama, Margaret Nyoki and Agnes Nyakio while two-time winners Tanzania is represented by Iddi Madina, Angel Eaton, Neema Oloomi and Hawa Wanyeche.
The tournament was started by the then AACT president Monica Ntege in 2009. Uganda hosted the first edition that was won by Tanzania before it moved to Tanzania in 2011, Zambia in 2013 and in Malawi in 2015.
The Réunion Island that was supposed to host the 2017 edition pulled out of hosting.