“Human beings are key components of the environment and we play a big role in making it what it is and what is should be."
PIC: Participants of the workshop took a group photo with officials at the UOC Rings. (Credit: Johnson Were)
KAMPALA - Sports federations have been urged to protect the environment if they are to achieve results in their different competitions.
Dr. Daniel Babihwa of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) made the appeal at the opening ceremony of a two-day Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) training on environmental sustainability and protection.
The workshop is being held Friday and Saturday at UOC offices in Lugogo.
"Human beings are key components of the environment and we play a big role in making it what it is and what it should be," Babihwa said.
"Athletes cannot perform when they are in bad and unhealthy environment.
"That is why I appeal to you all sports leaders to protect the environment because it plays a role on the future of sports," he added.
Babihwa said everyone has the responsibility to draw up measures of fighing environmental degradation.
Isma Iga, a member of the UOC environmental sustainability commission, urged sports federations to set up measures of protecting the environment by cleaning the venues, setting up dust bins, planting trees and grass and also sensitising participants.
On his part, UOC president William Blick expressed their commitment to protecting the environment in line with the IOC charter, which emphasises environmental protection.