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Stars Handed Scholarships

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th March 2004 03:00 AM

UGANDA’s world cross country championship heroes have earned themselves scholarships from government.

UGANDA’s world cross country championship heroes have earned themselves scholarships from government.

By Norman Katende

Team

Ethiopia - Gold
Kenya - Silver
Uganda - Bronze

1-Tadesse Meba (Ethiopia) 24:01
2-Boniface Kiprop(Uganda) 24:03
3-Ernest Kimeli (Kenya) 24:16
8-Moses Aliwa (Uganda) 25:08
11-Herbert Okuti (Uganda) 5:21
12-Nick Kwemoi (Uganda) 25:22

UGANDA’s world cross country championship heroes have earned themselves scholarships from government.

Education and state sports minister Henry Okello Oryem surprised the junior world cross country bronze-medal- winning teenagers by offering them scholarships as an award for flying the flag in Brussels.

“We are giving you a token of sh0.1m each just to facilitate you with your travel. But beyond all this, we are going to pay for your school fees,” he said in Kampala yesterday.

“Good reading makes a good future and we believe that with it, you will become better managers in the future,” Oryem added when he met the team of five athletes, and coach Gordon Ahimbisibwe at the ministry boardroom.

Boniface Kiprop won an individual silver medal. He then led teammates Nicholas Kemwoi from Standard High, Moses Aliwa from Kapchorwa's Kasselem, Herbert Okuti from Koboko to a team bronze medal.

Uganda’s fifth runner, primary six pupil Ivan Muhwezi from Kasese, failed to start the race after suffering from fever.

The minister took time to recommend Kiprop, who he said was a star revelation.

“I am proud to associate myself with success. Kiprop has got a long future. He has done a lot at his age, and his achievements, some athletes older than him have not done.”

Meanwhile, Oryem has advised local federations to come out with well laid down regulations that will govern sponsors and sponsorship.

The minister was referring to the recent spat between leading sports sponsor Michael Ezra and NCS over the composition of the national boxing team.

He appealed to sponsors who have a heart for sports to come out and facilitate but not direct the federations.

“Directing a sports administrator for an end that is not known is a problem,” he warned.

He disclosed that NCS was appointed to supervise the anomalies that come up with such sponsorship and to guide sports associations.

“We have challenges and difficulties in running sports in the country. I am glad that there are sponsors who come up to sponsor the young men unconditionally.”

However, not all sponsors are the same and that is why you should be making rules.”
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Stars Handed Scholarships

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